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Issue #2 February 11, 2015

2015 Update From MANA President Marinah Farrell

Celebrating What YOU Bring To Midwifery

Midwives are NOT all the same, and MANA celebrates their difference. Read about MANA's 2015 Strategic Direction and MANA President Marinah Farrell's goals for MANA and for midwifery. (Spoiler alert: it is all about YOU.)


Tonight! Please join the Town Hall Meeting!

What do you think should be the future of clinical midwifery training in the United States?

Join us TONIGHT 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 MANA and midwifery.

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 profdevelopment@mana.org.

Last Chance to Submit Abstract To Speak at #MANA15!

The birth world needs your brilliance!

The deadline to submit an abstract to submit to #MANA15 has been extended to February 13th. Learn more and submit your abstract here.

Come start the #MANA15 party early! We're sharing important updates, finding roommates, and learning about local happenings in Albuquerque on the#MANA15 Facebook Event Page. Join the event here! 

Honoring Black History Month

When The Bough Breaks Access Extended for 2015

The number of infants who die before their first birthday is much higher in the U.S. than in other countries. And for African Americans the rate is nearly twice as high as for white Americans. Educational attainment and income levels do not explain the difference: well-educated Black women have birth outcomes worse than white women who haven't finished high school. Why?

This ground breaking documentary takes a deep dive into the causes of the unacceptable rates of mortality and morbidity for African American mothers and babies in the United States. As a part of Black History Month, MANA is once again making this documentary available to our community at no charge. Understanding the root causes is a critical first step toward reducing these devastating health disparities.

To secure free access, send an email to socialjustice@mana.org. If you have any tech questions, please check out this link for assistance.

FAM Grant Deadline

Considering submitting a grant to the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery? The deadline to submit a letter of inquiry is February 16th. Learn more here.

ACOG Affirms Birth Centers, Midwives

ACOG affirmed all types of midwives - including CPMs, CNMs, CMs, and LMs - as appropriate primary care providers in the birth center setting, according to the recent joint consensus statement released by ACOG and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine. In this recent write up by Science and Sensibility, MANA applauds the ACOG statement. MANA also calls on ACOG to expand their definition of place of birth for low-risk women to include the home setting.

Last Chance: Sign Up For Facebook 101 For Your Business!

Just a few spots left!

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 eastern. Space is limited to ten MANA members. Please email publicaffairs@mana.org to register.

Save the dates:

TONIGHT! Town Hall Meeting

Feb 13 - #MANA15 Abstract Submissions Due

Feb 16 - FAM Grant

Feb 25 - Facebook For Business Webinar (registration required)
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