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Edition #1 January 28, 2015

Welcome to the new MANA News!

We've missed the MANA News and we bet you have too.

This will be the place to find out what's going on in your organization, in state by state news, and in the bigger picture of birth, health, and midwifery. Stay current and stay involved by grabbing a cup of tea and opening the latest edition of the MANA News when it arrives in your e-mail on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month.

Still Time To Submit A Topic To Speak At #MANA15

The MANA 2015 conference is in Albuquerque this fall! The deadline to submit abstracts to speak is in two days - January 30th. MANA is especially seeking submissions on clinical skills, student-centered topics, advocacy, building a successful practice, and diversity/social justice. Find the streamlined abstract submission form here

Have you submitted in the past but not had your abstract accepted? Please consider submitting again - often we simply face space limitations and would love to reconsider your abstract this year. Questions about how to complete the form? Contact Clarice.

Update from the States

Understanding Utah's Out-of-Hospital Vital Statistics Report

Recently, the Utah Department of Health released a report based on a data review of planned out-of-hospital (OOH) births for the period between 2010 and 2012. Learn about the outcomes of the report, the value of state-wide data collection, and the limitations of vital statistics data in this update from the MANA blog

Do you have news to share from your state? Contact us at

Midwives Alliance Town Hall: Re-Imagining the Future of Clinical Midwifery Training

Please join us as we launch MANA's new virtual Town Hall Series. We are eager to hear your voices, wisdom and vision as we look to the future of Midwives Alliance and midwifery. We are hosting a series of facilitated, interactive and webinar-based town hall meetings every other month in 2015. Future topics include proposed bylaws amendments, the needs of the midwifery student, and creating valuable services for Midwives Alliance members. We hope to see you there!

Please save the date and join us for our first Town Hall on Wednesday February 11th from 7-8pm EST for a lively and collective discussion facilitated by Amy Smith, MANA Director of Professional Development and Treesa McLean, MANA Director of Public Affairs. We need your input and creativity to create a virtual vision board for the bright and thriving future for clinical midwifery training. Please bring your ideas, experience and sense of adventure as we combine our thoughts to re-imagine clinical midwifery training! Midwives, students, educators, and advocates . . . all are welcome!

If you are interested in joining us please email Amy at, or for more details follow our Facebook event.

Free MANA Webinar

Facebook 101 For Your Business

Want to have a presence on Facebook, but not sure where to get started? Join this webinar and learn the basics on how to set up your Business Page on Facebook, the most used social media site for people of childbearing age. We'll also cover how to use simple tools to create a custom cover image for your new page and strategies for finding content. Led by Jeanette McCulloch of BirthSwell and Treesa McLean, MANA Director of Public Affairs.

Wednesday, February 25th at 1 pm EST. Space is limited to ten MANA members. Please email to register.

How Does Midwifery Align With the New Childbirth Connections Guidelines?

Jill Breen, CPM, CLC, takes a closer look at the recent report issued by Dr. Sarah Buckley that goes in depth to identify the hormonal processes that are critical not only to reproductive success but to long-term health of mother and baby. In this post at the MANA blog Jill looks at how the recommendations issued with this report align with the Midwifery Model of Care. We'd love to hear your feedback - share it in the comments here.

Social Media For Social Change! 

Consider joining the MANA volunteer online manager program. Deadline to apply: January 30th. Click here to learn more.


Save the date:

Jan. 30: MANA 2015 abstracts due.

Feb. 11: First MANA Town Hall

Oct. 15-18: MANA 2015 conference.
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