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Happy International Day of the Midwife!
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Issue #31, May 5, 2016

Validating MANA stats 4.0

The Largest Available Dataset on Physiologic Birth in the US


More than 50,000 cases of midwifery-led care will now be available to researchers thanks to the validation of the MANA stats 4.0 dataset. This key achievement makes MANA Stats by far the largest available dataset on physiologic birth and midwife-led care in the United States. Of particular interest to researchers is that MANA stats is based on medical records, which are considered to be the "gold standard" of health care research. Learn more at the MANA blog here.

Update from the States

Guest Opinion: New CPM legislation: Good For Maine?


While many are celebrating the recent passage of CPM legislation in Maine, others have shared with MANA leadership their concerns about the specifics of the legislation and the particular legislative process. While MANA fully supports licensure in all 50 states, we also believe that, as more states engage in the process, we need to hear from all voices in the debate. We asked Jill Breen, CPM, CLC of Maine to take off her official MANA Communications Chair hat and share with us her personal perspective on the changes in her state. What follows is Jill's personal response. Like all guest posts at MANA, this post represents her experiences in Maine and should not be construed as MANA's position. Read Jill's opinion here.

Women Are Choosing Home Birth:

The Infant-Maternal Health Care System in the U.S. Owes Them A Safe Option


As the professional association for home birth midwives, MANA firmly supports the rights of families to birth outside of a hospital setting, with the providers who are trained in home birth specifically and within a system that supports midwives in all settings. As a part of our International Day of the Midwife celebrations, we've created a post for you to share on ways the U.S. infant/maternal health care system can work together to meet our collective responsibility to ensure the safest possible births for all families, regardless of setting. Learn more here.

Happy International Day of the Midwife!

Celebrate #IDM2016 With Us!


Be sure to visit the MANA Facebook page, where we will be sharing #IDM2016 content all day long. This year's theme: Women and Newborns: The Heart of Midwifery. Midwives around the world work hard every day to ensure women and newborns receive the quality care that they deserve. On this special day, thank you for being a part of the MANA community! You can find our first post of the day here.

Save the dates:


Sep 23:#MANA16 Exhibitor application deadline

Oct 13 - 16:  #MANA16, Atlanta, GA
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