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Issue #68, December 21, 2017

#MANACAM 17 was a Powerful Gathering of Birth Professionals

Plan ahead for MANA 2018 in Portland, Maine October 11-14, 2018

More than 300 people from all parts of the country including midwives, student midwives, doulas and consumers, along with our wonderful sponsors and exhibitors, came together for the MANA/CAM Conference "Collaborate" in Long Beach, California last month. With 24 breakout sessions and 9 plenary sessions, as well as pre-conference sessions and the post-conference ALSO training there were options for everyone. The conference in total offered more than 25 credits for the Bridge certificate.

MANA Conferences are intense learning opportunities with challenging conversations and joyous reunions of friends and colleagues. Plan now to present at MANA 2018 in Portland, Maine October 11-14. Abstracts open in January, look for our announcement.

Find the MANA Stats Research You Need

At the recent MANA conference, the Division of Research shared two handouts designed to help you find the research you need. The first highlights published articles using MANA Stats Data, while the other rounds up the blog posts that translate research for families and midwives. Find the research handout here and the blog post handout here.

Gold Learning, Earn CEUs

Watch select presentations from MANA/CAM 2017

Did you miss MANACAM 2017 Conference that that took place from November 2-5 in Long Beach, California?  Midwives Alliance of North America is thrilled to be partnering again with GOLD Learning in order to make select conference presentations available to watch online.

The MANACAM 2017 Presentation package offers 8 hours of continuing education by 7 highly informative speakers. Presentations are available for a full 8 weeks from the time of purchase and can be accessed on-demand, 24/7. Speakers featured in this package include Ashley Jones, Wendy Gordon, Karen Strange, Vicki Penwell, Cynthia B. Flynn, Courtney L. Everson, Gina Gerboth, and Jamarah Amani. Topics covered include newborn resuscitation, racial equity, medications during pregnancy, domestic violence, accurate charting, and birth justice.

This education bundle offers an excellent opportunity for those who were unable to attend the event in person or for those who want to re-watch these highly informative presentations. As always MANA members enjoy exclusive discounts on GOLD Learning education. Come experience for yourself how accessible, affordable, and enjoyable online learning can be! MANA members can learn how to access these presentations by visiting the Member Benefits section of

Conference Audio Recordings for Sale!

Did you miss the conference or miss a session you wanted to attend?

Network Communications is offering audio recordings of sessions available on MP3 and CD. You may order individually or as a package online or by phone at 888-763-1464. Note that not all sessions are available for purchase. To help you in choosing which sessions to order, a PDF of the conference program is attached here.

Audio recordings are intended for the purchaser's own information only and may not be re-broadcast or distributed without permission in writing from both the presenter and MANA.

NACPM Symposium Planning Survey

Share Your Thoughts

The National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM) is convening the 2018 CPM Symposium and would like your input during the planning stages! Help shape the Symposium by providing your feedback here. The survey will be open until 12/22 (tomorrow) at 11:45 ET.

Calling All Volunteers!

Volunteer Orientation Scheduled for January 17, 2018

If you have asked about volunteering in any capacity for MANA or would like to put your energy into this dynamic organization, this is the simple training that is required for all volunteers. Details coming in the January 4 MANA news. Questions? Contact Treesa or Claudia.

Become a MANA Member Now!

Elections Coming Soon

Membership in MANA confers many benefits: discounts on supplies and subscriptions; access to a unique community of midwives; the ability to vote for who will serve on the MANA board and direct our community moving forward. Review many of the benefits here. Join NOW to ensure your eligibility to vote in the elect next month!

A special one-time only opportunity for members only and #MANACAM17 conference attendees

How to Build Understanding and Empathy with Millennial Families: A webinar with Jeanette McCulloch and Amber McCann

MANA members and #MANACAM17 attendees are invited to this webinar on January 25, at 1:30pm EDT. Register online here. Find the time in your area here.

About one in four Millennials is a parent already, and in the next ten to fifteen years, Millennial women will give birth at the rate of roughly 10,000 per day. Our attitudes about Millennials are often marked by stereotypes (“everyone gets a trophy!”) that get in the way of effectively marketing to, educating, and providing care to the fastest growing group of parents in the US. Like all generations, Millennials have been deeply influenced by the moment in history in which they’ve been raised, from the rise of personal technology to “girl power” to 9/11 and Columbine. As a result of their life experiences, Millennials deeply value parenting, community, and sharing information. They prefer to co-create rather than be led by an expert. They value individual tolerance, social responsibility, and expect brands to reflect their values. Meanwhile, social media is no longer an “emerging media” and is now traditional media. The ways many learned to share information are rapidly falling out of use. In this presentation, we will learn about the unique values, communication styles, learning preferences, and buying habits of Millennials. We’ll also address some common friction points between Millennials and other generations, with the goal of developing a self-awareness that can help us provide the best possible care. We will also learn how to apply our knowledge of Millennial values and communications styles to understanding how we can best find Millennials as clients, teach in the way they best learn, and provide information and care in a way that reaches Millennials where they are.

Neonatal Mortality: Preventable Deaths in Community Birth Settings

Save the Date! February 21, 2017, 1:00 to 2:30 EDT

Co-sponsored by MANA and NACPM, this webinar will explore the findings from a study designed to examine all fetal and neonatal deaths recorded in MANA Stats between 2004 and 2015.  A more detailed description and link to registration will be available in January.  Speaker: Melissa Cheyney, PhD, CPM, LDM.

Save the dates:


Jan: Abstract Submissions Open

Jan 7 - Feb 7: Online Voting for Board Elections

Jan 17: Volunteer Orientation

Feb 21: Neonatal Mortality Webinar, 1 - 2:30pm EDT

Oct 11-14: MANA18, Portland, Maine

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