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Issue #52, April 5, 2017

NEW Research Based on MANAstats Examines Impacts of Risk Factors on Outcomes in Community Birth


Community birth (planned home and birth center births) has been demonstrated to be a safe option for low-risk women. New research recently published in the journal Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, entitled Perspectives on risk: Assessment of risk profiles and outcomes among women planning community birth in the United States and authored by Marit L. Bovbjerg PhD MS, Melissa Cheyney PhD, CPM, LDM, Jennifer Brown LM, Kim J. Cox PhD, CNM, and Lawrence Leeman MD, MPH asks the question "safe for whom?"

This research is the first ever look at the relative risks of community birth and based on the largest available dataset in the US on physiologic birth, thanks to YOU, the MANA community and MANAstats participants.

MANA will be sharing the findings of this research through briefings, social media content, webinars, policy papers, and more. Up first: Jeanette McCulloch interviewed one of the article’s researchers, Melissa Cheyney PhD, CPM, LDM, to help practitioners and policy makers interpret the findings in this post on the MANA blog. Please share widely, and watch here for other opportunities to learn and share more.

Showcase Your Brand and Support Two Great Organizations at the MANA CAM 2017 Collaborate Conference!

Marketing Opportunities Now Available

Hundreds of midwives, student midwives, doulas, and birth workers will gather together November 2 - 5 for the four-day long conference. It's a great opportunity to showcase your brand while supporting midwives' important work. Learn more on the website here.

Sponsorships are available at various levels: we'll have dozens of exhibitors in our beautiful Exhibit Hall; or promote your brand with an advertisement in the program book or item in the attendee bags. There are options at various levels to meet all budget and staffing needs, with discounts available to returning exhibitors or sponsors from either MANA or CAM 2016 Conferences. Early Bird discount offer for those who apply before June 1.  Download the details here or apply via our new online application today.

Share Your Feedback Directly With the MANA Board!

MAC Meeting Rescheduled to Increase Your Access to MANA Leadership.


When we realized the scheduled MAC meeting fell on a holiday, we decided to reschedule at a time that would allow you - the MANA community - the greatest access to the MANA board. Please join us for this special MAC meeting during the MANA Board Meeting!:

Friday, April 28th
3:00 pm Eastern

Get the details here on the Facebook event or here on the members only MANA site.

Before the meeting, we will share key topics so you will have the opportunity to think in advance about your input. You are welcome to join us if you have ever been a MANA member!

Member Benefit: Advocacy on the Issues That Matter Most


One of the key reasons to become a MANA member is to support critical advocacy at the state and national level, fueled by leading-edge research based on MANAstats. For example, in response to the recent publication in Birth of the article on relative risks in the community birth setting, MANA held briefings with state leaders, VBAC advocates, and national midwifery representatives to ensure that those leaders had access to the information they needed to craft local messaging and strategies. (Unable to attend one of our briefings? Email Marie to receive an update.)

Thanks to the input of on-the-ground advocates, MANA will be releasing a briefing paper to explain and contextualize the findings for a policy-level audience. Your membership makes these efforts possible. If you are a MANA member, thank you for your support! Not yet a member? Join today here.

Midwives' Voices, Midwives' Realities - Dignity Birth Campaign

Join Us THIS FRIDAY

A webinar that shares the findings of the largest global survey of midwives around the barriers in care they experience as well as improving quality of care for families. This webinar is a recap of key findings. 

Friday, Apr 7, 2017
1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

Register here.

Advertising Now Available!


Advertising at MANA now available! Reach thousands of midwives and their supporters - advertise on the MANA website or newsletter. Details available here.

Save the dates:


Apr 7: Midwives' Voices, Midwives' Realities Webinar (1:00 pm Eastern)

Apr 28: MAC Meeting (3:00 pm Eastern)

June 1: Early Bird Exhibitor Discount Deadline

June 17 - 22: ICM, Toronto, Canada

Nov 2 - 5: MANA CAM 2017, Long Beach, CA
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