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Issue #44, November 10, 2016

Coming Soon! A Whole New Look Online!


Keep up with the latest in midwifery news at the newly redesigned website mana.org . . . coming soon! Find upcoming events, MANA updates, new research, and more. Watch here and on social media for the BIG REVEAL!!!

Save the Dates!

2017 MAC Meeting Schedule


Join us for the 2017 meetings of the Member Advisory Committee (MAC). Who serves on the MAC? YOU, our MANA membership! Your voice is essential to ensuring that member input guides the continuing work of the organization. Have topics you'd like to see discussed at a MAC meeting? Contact Sarita by email here. (Watch here for signup details — registration will soon take place on the NEW MANA website!)
Jan 10th at 2:00pm EST
April 11th at 2:00pm EST
July 11th at 2:00pm EST
October 10th at 2:00pm EST 

MANA Stats in Atlanta . . . and Around the Globe!

At the recent #MANA16 conference, Courtney L. Everson, PhD, Director of Research Education for the Division of Research (DOR), Bruce Ackerman, Data Collection Director for the DOR, and Jen Brown, LM, DOR Project Manager, shared news and updates from research based on MANA Stats as well as highlights from current initiatives of the DOR during the annual plenary address. Unable to attend the session? Watch here for summary blog post, coming soon!

Meanwhile, Melissa Cheyney, PhD, CPM, LDM, Chair of the DOR, was presenting outcomes based on MANA stats data at the groundbreaking 11th International Normal Labour and Birth Conference 2016 in Sydney, Australia. This was just one of many recent and upcoming opportunities for MANA stats to be shared on the global stage. Presentations like these help to lend further credibility to MANA stats as the premiere dataset in the US on physiologic birth. They also highlight - to a worldwide audience - the important work of US midwives in the maternal health care system.

The groundbreaking research made possible by MANA stats is all thanks to YOU - contributors to MANA stats and supporters of MANA. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to support and improve midwifery and perinatal health through data collection.

Photo credit: @HazelKeedle on Twitter.

Board Elections Coming Soon!


Voting for your next MANA Board of Directors starts at the beginning of the New Year! MANA Members: Watch your inbox in 2017 for your ballot. Join or renew your voting membership here.

Thank you! to everyone who participated in the nominations process.

Show Your Love for #MANA16 Vendors!

Vendors at the MANA conference have developed products and services specifically to meet YOUR needs, from insurance products to home birth kits to advocacy organizations. Be sure to check them out here and visit their websites. Buying a product? Be sure to tell them that MANA sent you!

Attended #MANA16? Share Your Feedback!

If you attended #MANA16, you should have received a survey seeking your input. Your voice is critical and helps us make future conferences better meet your needs! Please check your inbox and share your feedback ASAP! Email Marie if you attended #MANA16 but didn't receive the survey email.

Honoring Ellen Harris-Braun


The entire community of the Midwives Alliance of North America is mourning the loss of Ellen Harris-Braun, CPM, and the Director of Database Development for the Midwives Alliance Division of Research. You can learn more about her life and her contributions to her friends, family, and the profession at her obituary here. We asked some of her colleagues at MANA to share with us recollections of time with Ellen, as a way to honor her and share with you our love for her. You can read them here.

Save the dates:


Nov 16: Conference Survey Closes

Nov 16: CEU Evaluations Due

Jan 10:  MAC Meeting
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