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Issue #25, February 3, 2016

New Position Paper on Waterbirth Released

Joint Paper By MANA, Citizens for Midwifery

The MANA and CfM Joint Position Statement on Water Immersion During Labor and Birth is a position paper written for a broad audience including midwives and other birthcare professionals, consumers, doulas, childbirth educators, and policy makers. It is co-authored by the Midwives Alliance of North America and Citizens for Midwifery. A year of collaborative work has produced a great educational tool that gives concise access to the research and the wisdom of experience that documents the safety, benefits and recommendations for success. With over 80 citations, including the new study "Maternal & Newborn Outcomes Following Immersion During Waterbirth" by Bovbjerg, Cheyney and Everson, which utilized data from the MANA Statistics project, and research by waterbirth activist Barbara Harper, the position paper is a reference guide to the evidence for the safety of water immersion during labor and birth.

The Joint Position Statement can help in these ways:

  • describes the benefits of water immersion for mother and baby,
  • suggests how these benefits may improve outcomes for families of color,
  • addresses consumer choice and shared decision making,
  • considers client values and individual needs and,
  • lists factors that promote safety and success.

The practical and professional pearls of wisdom make the Factors that Promote Safety and Success section an invaluable tool when considering and planning a waterbirth and we are pleased to be able to share them with you.

Learn more at the MANA blog.

Waterbirth Article Now Available Free of Charge

The full text of the largest research study in the US on waterbirth is now available free-of-charge, thanks to the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health. Learn more in this week's interview with the authors at the MANA blog.

Photo credit: Megan Hannon Photography courtesy Izabella de Barbaro

Help Spread the Word About Waterbirth Safety!

MANA needs your help to share the new evidence about waterbirth with your community. Please visit our Facebook page today and share one or more of our three visuals (find post one here, post two here, and post three here) on your own Facebook page. Together, we can use our social media networks to ensure families have access to evidence-based information about waterbirth.

Photo credit: Image by Captured by Brezi Photography

MANA Elections Coming Up Soon!

Elections open on February 15th and close on March 12th. Pay close attention to your inbox around February 15th as you will be receiving an e-mail 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.

Deadline Extended for MANA 2016 Abstract Submissions

Share your expertise with MANA at the 2016 conference!

The deadline to submit an abstract has been extended until February 12th. Submit your proposal to speak here. Have a favorite speaker you'd like to see at #MANA16? Visit us on Facebook here and tag them in the comments!

From Your MANA Board of Directors

ICM Update

It’s never too early to start planning for the 31st ICM Triennial Congress! The International Confederation of Midwives meeting is like no other, and our Canadian sisters have plans well underway for an exciting congress program. Midwives: Making A Difference In The World promises to attract many informative abstracts, and you don’t want to miss this meeting set for 18-22 June 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The lowest bonus discount registration is now open through 29 Feb 2016, and with the Canadian dollar at its lowest level in more than ten years, the CA$875 price now converts to US$603 today! So NOW is the best time to get registered here.

Midwives Alliance encourages all of our members to consider presenting at the Congress, and abstract submission is open now through the end of March 2016. Each day of Congress will have a sub theme, and these include Midwives: Making a Difference through Leadership, Partnerships, Professionalism, and through Supporting Women’s and Girls’ Rights. So consider these themes and submit an abstract.


Consensus Decisions

MANA Board of Directors policy consensus decisions since Annual Meeting October 17 at MANA2015:

BOD approves policy for ICM Council Representation. Delegates will include the current MANA president and a current MANA board member or a past president, being certain that at least one has either been a delegate or an observer in the past.

BOD approves release of Waterbirth Position Paper.

Save the dates:

Feb 2: Extended Deadline Speaker Submissions Submit Abstracts Here

Feb 15- Mar 12: Board Election

Oct 13-16: #MANA16, Atlanta, GA
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