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Issue #16, September 2, 2015

Addressing Access and Equity in Midwifery

New MANA Partnership

Get new resources and learn about MANA's new initiative to address systemic issues impacting midwifery and those seeking midwifery care from Indra Lusero, JD, MA, advisor to MANA's Access and Equity Committee. Learn more over at the MANA blog. Joining us in Albuquerque in October? Make sure to connect with the Access and Equity Committee this fall in New Mexico to learn more and get involved.

Sign Up For Pre-Conference Sessions Now!

Sessions Filling Fast

Many of the pre-conference sessions are filling to capacity, so be sure to sign up now for the session of your choice. Learn more about all the sessions here. You are strongly encouraged to sign up by Sept. 18th to ensure a spot in your preferred sessions.

For example, consider attending:

Resilient Leadership: The power of leaders to produce social change

For people bold enough to contemplate leadership roles in the midwifery profession, the challenges are many and the resources are few.

Why do good leaders matter for the midwifery profession? What are the competencies that distinguish an ineffective leader from an excellent leader? What are the tools for learning to become a resilient leader?

The goal of this pre-con is to bring together an intergenerational group of midwives and students to build a foundation of leadership skills that will advance personal, professional, and collective goals.

The workshop will engage participants in guided discussions and activities on four key concepts: resilience, power, leadership, and social change.
  • Learn why an ambitious and talented leader can enjoy great success and then unexpectedly crash and burn.
  • Learn why the vicious cycles of sacrifice and stress that a profession in midwifery requires can take some leaders into a downward spiral of burnout and depression.
  • Learn the competencies of Emotional Intelligence that can distinguish an average leader from an outstanding leader.
  • Learn why the practice of ‘mindfulness’ and the process of ‘renewal’ are essential survival skills for leaders.
  • Learn the skills for challenging power structures and deep-seated resistance to organizational change.
  • Learn the concepts for catalyzing social change in order to proactively shape the ever-shifting landscape of U.S. maternity care.
Midwifery needs resilient leaders now more than ever! Please join this intriguing pre-con and encourage members of your Boards of Directors to attend.

Share your knowledge at MANA2015: SHINE 


Deadline to submit a Poster Presentation Extended

The Midwives Alliance welcomes submissions of research posters from students and professional researchers for the Harris-Braun Outstanding Poster Award for Research.

Posters are a great way to share information with conference attendees. Poster content might include, for example, preliminary or final results from a research project, a review of best practices for a maternal-child health issue, a history of an outreach project or initiative, or a summary of the evidence on a particular clinical intervention.

All accepted poster presentations will be entered into one of two (2) categories: student/apprentice poster and graduate/professional researcher poster. An award will be given for the best poster in each category. Learn more about how to create a poster presentation and get all the details for submission here. Deadline extended to 9/15!

News from the DOR

Physical Activity and Labor Duration Data Collection Thank You!


Marit Bovbjerg, epidemiologist at Oregon State University and the Director of Data Quality for the MANA DOR, would like to thank all of the midwives and practices who helped to recruit pregnant women interested in participating in her recent study on physical activity and labor duration. These practices included (and my heartfelt apologies if I left anyone off the list):

Amy Hormann & Nina McIndoe
Andaluz Waterbirth Center
Ann Olsen
Betsy Nercogliano & Tisha Graham
Blue Bradley
Celeste Kersey
Cheyanne Gastelum
Darla Torres
Gina Gerboth
Jackie Lamberty & Heidi Filmore
Jen Anderson-Tarver
Jenae Sherman
Katy Hobbs & Kathy Mulder
Kim Jacob
Linda Morgan
Melissa Bates
Melissa Cheyney
Michele Neal
Michelle Doyle
Natalie Wommack
New Moon Midwifery
NOVA Birth Center
Seattle Home Midwifery
Silke Akerson
Stacey Rees
Tehmina Islam
The Birth Center (Salt Lake City)
Tiffany Lundeen
Trilium Midwifery
Vivante
Wilmington DE Birth Center
Yolanda Visser

This study is no longer recruiting new participants. Results will be available in about a year, at which time we will communicate with all midwives and MANA members. Thanks again!

Save the dates:


ASAP: Make your #MANA15 Hotel Reservations. The discount rate will be honored until 9/24 or when the block is full.

Book flights now!

Sept 24:  Advertising and packet promotion deadline

Oct 15-18: MANA 2015 conference
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