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Issue #57, June 28, 2017

Midwives of Color Complementary Registration

Wow! We were thrilled to have all 30 of our complimentary registrations for MOC accepted so soon! 


MANA and the California Association of Midwives Foundation believe that the most enriching and educational conferences include people from diverse backgrounds, and for midwifery to thrive we need to hear the perspectives of midwives from all communities. Recognizing the historical barriers to inclusion of midwives of color, and their unique role in helping US midwifery to grow, the MANA Board of Directors and the California Association of Midwives Foundation were pleased to offer 30 complimentary registrations to midwives and students of color, and reduced-rate registrations for any midwives or student midwives of color beyond the complimentary 30. 

Because of the overwhelming response MANA/CAM is continuing to explore ways to fund additional complimentary registrations. 

Additionally at MANACAM17:

If you are a midwife of color who would appreciate the discounted rate please use this code: zynhydj6g.

If you are a student midwife of color who would appreciate the discounted rate please use this code: 62pajzmmz and follow the instructions for student registrations here.

Poster Contest Call for Submissions

Deadline this week!


The MANA CAM 2017 Conference is now accepting Poster presentation proposals for The Harris-Braun Outstanding Poster Award for Research.

The Midwives Alliance welcomes submissions of research and project posters from students and professional researchers. The deadline for poster proposals is July 1st, 2017.

For more information and to apply, visit here.

MANA at ICM

MANA President Vicki Hedley elected ICM representative to the United Nations!


Another successful Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) has just concluded, this time hosted by the inspiring Canadian Association of Midwives in Toronto, Ontario. ICM is the international organization that represents midwifery associations like the Midwives Alliance around the world, and meets for Congress every three years. The event includes a Council meeting where ICM business is conducted with the input of each member association. The Congress presented an incredibly diverse scientific program with speakers from around the world.

The US, and MANA in particular, was well represented at the 31st ICM Congress. There were more than 4200 attendees, and more than 10 percent of those were from the US. Director of the Division of Health Policy and Advocacy Colleen Donovan-Batson and Immediate Past President Marinah Farrell served as your Council representatives in voting matters, and a number of others attended as observers. These included our current president, Vicki Hedley, past presidents Diane Holzer and Geradine Simkins, past board member Sherry DeVries, and NARM leaders Ida Darragh and Debbie Pulley.

A number of exciting decisions were made at the meeting, so be sure to watch for our blog post coming soon with all the details. In the meantime, know that both workshops and posters were presented by MANA attendees and were well received. Our participation in US MERA was presented, members of the Division of Research had several sessions, and a powerful workshop called "The Heart Adventure" was offered as a collaboration project with MANA and The Compassionate Birth Project. One of the most exciting developments was the election of President Vicki Hedley to the position of ICM representative to the United Nations!

Watch for our upcoming blog, and start planning now for ICM 2020 in Bali!

Help shape the future of MANA

Volunteers needed for the Elections Committee


Members of the Election & Nomination Committee are primarily responsible for locating candidates for open positions on the Board of Directors. An active and diverse committee will help ensure a wider candidate pool and create a more diverse MANA Board. Committee members also assist the Chairperson to remind candidates to turn in their information on time, and check references and other items as needed. If you're interested in learning more about this important work, contact the Director of Organizational Development here

Save the dates:


Jul 1: Poster Submission Deadline

Aug 15: Conference Early Bird Discount Deadline

Oct 12: Hotel Early Bird Rates End

Oct 13: Conference Program Ads Due

Nov 2 - 5: MANA CAM 2017, Long Beach, CA
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