Conference news: tracks & equity rates
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Issue #39, August 24, 2016

Keep Up With The Latest Concepts in Midwifery at #MANA16

This year's MANA conference offers tracks to meet the needs of every midwife and student: clinical, legal issues, social justice, research and skills. Our plenaries were carefully chosen to make sure you are up-to-date on the leading issues in the field, including:

MANA Division of Research Annual Update and Research Roundup
The MANA Division of Research will report on the activities of the previous year with a focus on the new applications for access to the MANA Stats datasets that have yielded study results by the time of the conference. We will provide an overview of the research questions and key study findings that resulted from these applications. We will also present an analysis of 2015 annual reporting outcomes, and discuss ways findings to date can be used for quality improvement and quality assurance. The status of MANA Stats data collection will also be discussed, as the project reaches a milestone of having collected 100,000 completed, prospectively logged data records

How to Pass Go in the Game of Midwifery - Indra Lusero, Esq.
Session explores the concepts of equity and equality:

  • Internalized, interpersonal, institutional and structural oppression
  • Social determinants of health, health disparities, and health inequities
  • Antitrust law and how it impacts health care
  • Open records requests, explorations of state and federal agencies.

Increase your confidence and get involved!

We Sued the Sheriff: Lessons from Rulemaking in Arizona - Julie Gunnigle
In 2012, the midwives and consumers of Arizona pushed for a bill to open the midwifery rules of practice. The rules were opened and after countless meetings and open forums, VBACs were added to the scope of practice for licensed midwives. What looked like a win was quickly reversed when legislators sought to undo this increase and the Department of Health Services began changing the way it read existing rules. That same year, the Department announced that there was a "new sheriff in town." This new sheriff suspended fifteen percent of the actively practicing midwives in the state in a single year. This presentation will focus on the lessons learned from the rule making and hearing process in Arizona, along with advocacy pointers for midwives and birth workers alike.

Learn more about our plenaries and keynotes —including Robin Lim, Michael Klein, and Brian Bootstaylor — and register now.

New Equity Pricing at #MANA16


New Midwives of Color registration rates at MANA #16

The most enriching and educational conferences include people from diverse backgrounds. We need to hear the perspectives of midwives from all communities to learn how to help families and midwives thrive. Recognizing the historical barriers to inclusion of midwives of color at our annual conference, and their unique role in helping US midwifery to grow, MANA is pleased to offer reduced-rate registrations for the 2016 conference. We are committed to furthering the professional development of midwives and students of color and hope you will join us in Atlanta.
  • Students midwives of color $365
  • Midwives of color $400
  • Travel and lodging not included.
Learn more here and register now!

Build The Conference That Is Right For You: #MANA16 Concurrent Sessions 


Mix and match the content you need most, from leading experts in the field. Here's a sampling:

Clinical skills, including:
Intermittent Auscultation (IA) in Labor: Research and Practice Updates, Wendy Gordon

Oral Vitamin K Supplementation of the Newborn: An Evidence-Based Update for Midwives, AME

Legal issues, including:
Clearing the Smoke: Talking About the Health and Legal Consequences of Marijuana Use With Your Clients, Heather Thompson

Walking the Labyrinth: Research Literacy, Evidence-Informed Practice, and Shared Decision-Making,  April Kline, Courtney L. Everson, Erin Ryan, & Shannon Anton

Social justice, including:
Transgender Cultural Competency 101, Sybastian Smith

Reproductive Justice 101 with SisterSong, Justina Trim & Leah Jones

Research and skills, including:
Birthing Within Broken Systems Of Care: Reframing How We Approach Fear Of The Childbirth Experience, Lee Roosevelt

Routine Episiotomy to Cesarean Section on Demand - How Did It Happen?, Michael C. Klein

Learn more and register now.

Updates to MANA stats: Postpartum Depression Screening

To gather data for research question around placentophagy and postpartum depression (PPD), as well as to support appropriate referrals for PPD care, the MANA stats submission form now asks additional questions around PPD screening.

To collect more reliable data on postpartum depression (PPD), MANA stats now asks:
  • Whether midwives have screened a client using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS)
  • If yes, client’s score on the EPDS
The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) is a brief, 10 question survey that has become one of the most utilized tools to identify those who may be experiencing PPD. You can find a copy of the tool here.

Because the EPDS is standardized and validated, midwives' answers to these questions will provide more reliable data and allow researchers to better assess the impact of midwifery care on PPD. Using this tool will also allow us to collect richer information on the severity or extent of a client’s PPD. This tool can also help midwives identify clients who may benefit from referral for further care.

Participating midwives should have already received notice of these changes. Learn more or join MANA stats here.

MANA Board Nominations Opening Soon!

Nominations for the MANA Board of Directors will be open September 1 - October 31st. Positions accepting nominations include: 

  • President
  • Director of Public Affairs
  • Director of Professional Development.

Watch here for more information.

FREE Access to When The Bough Breaks

MANA is making available free access to When The Bough Breaks. This ground-breaking documentary explores the root causes of the unacceptable rates of mortality and morbidity for African American mothers and babies in the United States. We believe that learning about these causes is a critical first step toward ending devastating health disparities.

Send an email to secure free access.

Groundbreaking Lawsuit Bolsters Women's Right To Birth Options

"A woman who sued her hospital for offering her an opportunity to have a natural, "personalized" birth — but ended up being restrained by nurses during labor to the point of suffering intense physical and emotional injuries — has won a major victory: $16 million in damages." Learn more in this recent news coverage.

Save the dates:

Sep 1-Oct 31: MANA Board Nominations Open

Sep 23:  #MANA16 Exhibitor application deadline

Oct 13-16:  #MANA16, Atlanta, GA
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