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Honoring World Breastfeeding Week
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August 2, 2017

Birth Justice 101 Plenary

Jamarah Amani Speaking Sunday, Nov 5

Black low‐income women have a higher primary c‐section rate (first‐time mothers) than any other group. In the United States, Black women are almost four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women. Black babies are more than twice as likely to die in the first year of life as white babies. According to Amnesty USA, these are human rights violations. How do interpersonal, institutional and internalized racism impact life and death in our communities? How do barriers such as poverty, immigration status, economic disparity and various forms of discrimination affect an individual's ability to receive quality reproductive health care? Given this context, what is the responsibility of midwives who have historically been advocates for and caretakers of people from marginalized communities? Learn more about this and other plenaries here.

Breastfeeding Promotes Healthy Mothers, Babies, and Communities

Keynote address, "Centering Collaboration to Improve Equitable Birth Outcomes" by Kimberly Seals Allers 


"Whatever the question, the answer is in the community."

Efforts to improve birth outcomes and breastfeeding rates typically target women as individual mothers, seeking to educate and inform. While important, these campaigns do not address head-on the structural and social barriers, cultural norms, unsupportive physical environments or communication gaps in messaging. Nor do they utilize a community-partnered approach that centers the community as change agent. In this dynamic presentation, Kimberly draws on examples and lessons from over seven years of work in Southeast cities, Philadelphia and Detroit to create a blueprint for transforming birth and breastfeeding outcomes by leveraging the unique power of community. In addition, she walks through the linkages of impactful communication and effective community engagement and describes the cultural nuances of language when working with communities of color. Ultimately, Kimberly seeks to engage the audience in strategies to redefine collaboration in the birth and breastfeeding work, putting community and communication first. 

Whiteness and Racism in Birth in the US

Preconference Workshop Presented by Heather Thompson

This session will provide an overview of how racism emerges personally and systemically in general, and especially in birth. A discussion of the history of race in the U.S. will provide a backdrop for the definitions of important terms, historical review of race and birth in the U.S. Participants will learn about how race affects birth outcomes through both physiologic factors and healthcare system inequities. This session will end with a discussion of the racial factors at work in the current "natural" birth movement and what participants can do to begin to incorporate racial awareness into their practice.

Early Bird Registration Ends August 15


The early bird gets the lowest registration rate! After August 15th the full conference price increases by $100. Get even more discounts by joining MANA or renewing your membership! Don't miss out on all that #MANACAM17 has to offer, and get the best rate possible here.

Indigenous Gathering: Ancestral Knowledge Keepers

Led by Rhonda Lee Grantham, Wednesday, Nov 1 

MANA is pleased to welcome the Indigenous Gathering of Birth Workers to the conference again. 

This gathering will be a culturally empowering space to develop collaborative relationships, mentorship, and practical support as we each walk our path of service.  A space to learn and share how traditional knowledge, such as plant wisdom and ceremony, are being used to approach community health issues for the healing of our people and our land. To appreciate and to bridge our unique gifts as health care providers and healers within our communities.

This is a closed gathering for birth workers, and community organizers who identify as Indigenous. All participants are asked to please provide tribal affiliation and/or ancestral heritage upon registration. We thank you in advance for honoring this request.

Meet MANA's Division of Access and Equity

Visit their booth at the conference


Stop by the Division of Access and Equity's booth at #MANACAM17 and say hi to the Division members. As always the A & E booth is the place to learn about initiatives affecting midwifery, the work of the Division, and to get your toolkit that includes resources, books and organizations that will help you develop your practice.  They also have great swag!!! This is the third year that A & E will be at the conference.

National Queer and Trans Birth Workers Convening: Challenging Barriers, Taking Space

We are excited to announce the "National Queer and Trans Birth Workers Convening: Challenging Barriers, Taking Space" to kick off the annual conference! This convening will happen at the conference hotel on Wednesday, November 1st from 2:00pm - 6:00pm with an informal dinner to follow. 

The convening is open to all LGBTQIA and gender non-conforming birth workers and folks who are interested in birth support. The event is meant to be a space for queer, trans and gender non-conforming folks to build community, expand possibilities, and help each other break down barriers to access and care and navigate the unique challenges we face.

In order to support this work now and in the future, we’re asking for a sliding scale donation of $20 to register. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.  Allies of the community who would like to support the convening please make a donation. All funds will be used to directly fund this year’s National Queer and Trans Birth Workers Convening and any work that grows out of it.

Ticket and donation information here.

Exhibit or Sponsor #MANACAM17


Midwives and their advocates work every day to support physiologic birth; your participation helps to support their efforts and make a connection and an impact on your bottom line. Reserve your exhibit space or sponsorship today.

Get renewed and inspired in Long Beach, California at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel. Catch up with friends poolside and enjoy sunsets over the Pacific Ocean. All with easy airport access. Centrally located to Long Beach restaurants and attractions, the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel offers beauty and convenience, with the Promenade Cafe, SIP Bar & Lounge and a Starbucks located on site. Reserve your room now.

Save the dates:


Aug 15: Conference Early Bird Discount Deadline
WILL NOT BE EXTENDED

Oct 12: Hotel Early Bird Rates End

Oct 13: Conference Program Ads Due

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

 
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