Welcome to the MANA News Student Edition!
Dear MANA Student Midwives,
We are thrilled to dedicate this issue of the MANA News to you - the future of the midwifery profession! Our organization depends on your involvement, and we want you to know that MANA is your home. We need your voices!
Today's student midwives are faced with issues specific to our current midwifery climate. Which credential to work towards? Attend an accredited program or complete a portfolio process? Where to practice? How to integrate into the maternity care system? How to run a business? So many questions...with answers that are often limited.
Lack of access to clinical training opportunities, especially in the out of hospital environment, continues to be a major issue. As the number of students vying for apprenticeship increases, access to training becomes more difficult. We would love to hear what barriers to training you face in today's world. And, we would love to hear your ideas for innovative approaches to this dilemma.
You are important to us. The MANA Board will be showing our appreciation for you by once again offering a free student pre-conference workshop at the 2015 MANA Conference, and hosting a casual dinner for students to meet with the MANA Board on Friday evening. We have launched a new Facebook page for MANA students, moderated by MANA volunteer Juliana Taylor, to help us open the line of communication for your voice (find the group here - all student midwives welcome!). Please join us - at the conference, on social media or in whatever way that makes sense for you.
Thank you for your dedication to mothers and babies! And thank you for being a part of MANA - Where All Student Midwives Matter!
~ Sarita Bennett, DO, CPM
Vice President, MANA Board of Directors