Nominations for MANA Board are Open!
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Special Issue, September 1, 2016

MANA Call for Nominations

Nominations open NOW until October 31, 2016

MANA is pleased to announce nominations are open for available board positions. 
Nominees must be a current voting member of MANA.
We want individuals who desire to bring new energy and a new voice to MANA. We are looking for MANA members who are energetic, positive, committed, have time to give, can be a team player, have an ability to balance responsibilities, are socially just, loving, innovative, solution oriented, and excited to be working with this amazing organization!

Nominate yourself or someone you know!

Open Positions:

  • President
  • Director of Professional Development
  • Director of Public Affairs
Learn more about the open positions, and find links to full job descriptions, below.

Joys and Privileges of Being a MANA Board Member

  • Working to improve access to midwives everywhere!
  • Working to fulfill MANA’s Vision, Mission & Goals!
  • Meeting and working with brilliant and like-minded people!
  • Leadership training!
  • Personal and professional growth opportunities!
  • Friendships and associations that last a lifetime!
  • Travel, Conference, Singing, Dancing, and LOTS OF FUN!!!

Click Here To Make a Nomination 

To be a board member of the Midwives Alliance is a big commitment. There are weekly calls, semi-annual meetings in the spring and fall including the annual conference, and small group work between calls and meetings. Board members have reported working anywhere from 6-8 hours a week to well over 40! Board terms are three years with a two-term limit per position.

Board positions are volunteer, but MANA will cover expenses for travel, including meals and hotel and the annual conference registration. Like all volunteer and non-profit work, at times you may find yourself donating or covering expenses as a way to help MANA. (Although this is certainly not expected, many of us do.) Being a volunteer at MANA is one of the hardest jobs you will ever do, but the access to mentorship, leadership & learning as well as the ability to participate are all truly rewarding.

The Midwives Alliance of North America has been the professional association unifying midwives since 1982. MANA was formed by a grassroots group of leaders who, in just over 33 years, have lead MANA to be involved in groundbreaking innovative education and credentialing, participation in International Midwifery including membership in the International Confederation of Midwives, and most notably, our Division of Research, which includes both data collection and top researchers in the field of out of hospital birth. MANA is best known for our conferences, which are diverse, inspiring, fulfilling and educational – providing space for midwives of all backgrounds to come together and unite. We hope, as MANA moves ahead with a newly structured board, that you will help bring us forward with even more progress for midwives over the next 30 years.

We are ALWAYS happy to do a video or phone chat with you to answer any questions and tell you more about our work at MANA. We hope you will join our MANA family to be a strong voice for ALL midwives! Be in touch with Claudia Breglia with any questions you may have about any of the available positions!

Learn More About the Open Positions


The President’s primary roles are to provide leadership for the Board of Directors and participate in the governance of the organization.  As “chief volunteer”, the President works with the board, staff and community to further the organization’s vision and mission, co-facilitate the actualization of the strategic plan, provide guidance in the creation and implementation of policies and procedures, oversee programs and projects, and delegate tasks in order to accomplish Board and organizational activities. The President influences how the board uses its time, the selection of board members and its future leadership. The President is an ex officio member of all committees, sections, and divisions.
The President has four key areas of responsibility:
  • Board leadership and oversight
  • Organizational representation
  • Envisioning and implementation of organizational strategic directions
  • Organizational sustainability
View the full position description for President here.

Director of Professional Development

The Director of the Division of Professional Development has four key areas of responsibility:
  • Promoting public awareness of midwifery as the gold standard of maternity care
  • Promoting opportunities for continuing education and professional development for midwives
  • Creating and maintaining position papers and professional development documents, such as core competencies and standards
  • Acting as liaison to MANA Student Section
The Director of the Division of Professional Development is responsible for overseeing the development of the profession of midwifery within the organization, maintaining MANA’s strong voice of expertise regarding the Midwifery Model of Care and normal physiologic birth, and impacting policy through the dissemination of transformative research findings.

View the full position description for Director of Professional Development here.

Director of Public Affairs

The Director of the Division of Public Affairs has four key areas of responsibility:
  • Outreach activities
  • Communications and social media
  • Acquire and share knowledge of trends, activities and events in maternal and child health arenas
  • Marketing MANA
The Director of the Division of Public Affairs is responsible for outreach to the broader world.  The Director will communicate with media, MANA members, and the general public about events both within the organization and in the larger world of midwifery and maternal child health, helping to ensure that midwives will become widely known and respected in the United States and internationally as quality health care providers.

View the full position description for Director of Public Affairs here.
Make a nomination

Dates to Remember

Nominations Open:
NOW through Oct 31, 2016

Jan 1 - 31, 2017

Announce New Board Members: 
Feb 7, 2017

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