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Issue #47, January 4, 2017

Thank You Michigan Midwives and Consumers!

Michigan CPM Legislation Signed into Law

Michigan CPM legislation was signed into law today, January 4th. The bill was passed thanks to efforts by the Coalition to License Certified Professional Midwives in Michigan and the consumer organization Friends of Michigan Midwives (FOMM), who contributed countless volunteer hours for over eight years to secure licensure. The midwives in Michigan look forward to spreading the midwifery model to more families and to increasing collaboration through a more cohesive relationship with other health care providers. 

MANA was honored to provide a letter of support to the legislation, and sends a HUGE congrats and thank you to everyone who participated in the grassroots efforts, from phone calls to legislative visits to countless strategy sessions. Amazing work, Michigan!


Deborah Fisch, member of the Coalition and FOMM, created an engaging series of graphics that helped generate awareness and action. We're thrilled to see the bill become a law!

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The new MANA website is now live! The site was designed to be your new home for midwifery news and events. We'd love your feedback! Please visit at mana.org now!

Telling Our Stories as Midwives

How does telling our story shape our future as midwives and leaders of a movement? MANA president Marinah Valenzuela Farrell, LM, CPM shares her perspective on how owning our own stories can support all midwives. Read more at the NEW MANA blog here.

Save the Date: #MANACAM17


We're all incredibly excited for #MANACAM17 in Long Beach, California! Consider adding a day or two to your trip to enjoy all that Long Beach has to offer, from eclectic neighborhoods to sandy beaches. The area is known for its museums, aquarium, beachfront nature and nearby islands, and its close proximity to Los Angeles, Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, and other Southern California attractions. Convenient to multiple airports, including LAX, Orange County, and Long Beach Airport.

Mark your calendars now: 2017 MANA conference, to be held in collaboration with the California Association of Midwives. Nov 2 - 5, 2017.

Year in Review Photos

2016 was busy year for MANA. Here are some of the highlights: 

January
Nicole White joined the board as Director of Events


MANA CFM Joint Position Paper on Waterbirth


March
ICTC accepted into US MERA


October
MANA awarded the 2017 Sage Femme to Carol Nelson...


and the 2017 Sapling to Jamarah Amani.


November
Honored and remembered Ellen Harris-Braun, September 6, 1966 - October 28, 2016.

Elections Open Soon!

Elections open on January 9th. Pay close attention to your inbox around that date as you will be receiving an email with the biographies of those running for election as well as instructions on how to vote.

MANA members who are credentialed midwives and join at a voting member level are eligible to vote in the coming election. Renew your membership here. Or email our Membership Coordinator if you have questions about your membership.
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Save the dates:


Jan 9: Voting opens for Board elections

Jan 10: MAC Meeting (2 pm Eastern)

Apr 11: MAC Meeting

Jul 11: MAC Meeting

Oct 10: MAC Meeting 

Nov 2-5, 2017: MANA CAM 2017 Conference
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