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Issue #70, January 19, 2018

Abstracts are Now Open for the 36th Annual MANA Conference!

Submit your proposal by March 5th

Have you been working on research or a project that you'd like to share with the midwifery community? Are you an expert in your field and have a presentation pertaining to the midwifery profession that will interest and educate midwives on an important topic? If so, the MANA Program Committee invites your abstract proposals on topics including: clinical skills & issues, education, global health, legal concerns and general interest. You may submit for a half or full-day pre-conference workshop, a breakout session (90 min), a plenary (50 min) or a poster presentation — or all of the above.

Learn more and apply here. The deadline to apply is March 5.

Join us at #MANA18 in Portland, Maine October 11-14, 2018. Make plans now to come and enjoy fall in New England!

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

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

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.

MANA members and #MANACAM17 attendees are invited to this webinar on January 25, at 1:30pm - 2:30pm ET. Register online for the Generations Webinar here. Find the time in your area here.

Your Vote Counts!

Join MANA now to cast your ballot for board candidates

This year MANA members will vote for Vice President, Treasurer, and Director of Events. MANA members may choose a candidate on the ballot, or write in an alternative choice.

Each vote counts! Without participation by a certain percentage of the membership, the elections are invalid and new director positions are appointed by the sitting Board of Directors.

The ballot opened on January 8 and will be available until midnight February 7. Log into the Members Only section of to access the ballot.

The MANA Stats Fetal, Neonatal Mortality Review (FNMR) Project: Preliminary Findings and Implications for Practice

A webinar with Dr. Melissa Cheney

In this webinar, cosponsored by MANA and NACPM, Dr. Melissa Cheyney will describe findings from a study designed to examine all fetal and neonatal deaths recorded in MANA Stats between 2004 and 2016. Using a modified Fetal-Infant-Mortality-Review (FIMR) approach, midwife-researchers conducted detailed interviews with midwives for all non-miscarriage fetal and neonatal deaths in the sample. The objective was to clarify the gestational age at which the death occurred and to properly classify late miscarriages.

The reviewers also collected qualitative data on when, how, and why the death occurred, as well as data on whether an autopsy was conducted, and the official cause of death assigned via medical examiner or coroner’s report. Using the three delays model as proposed by Thaddeus and Maine (1994), she discusses rates of intrapartum and neonatal death in a large sample of more than 50,000 planned, midwife-led, community births (home and birth center) in the United States. She will also provide an in-depth thematic analysis of the primary contributors to mortality in the sample.

Findings indicate that while the overall rate of death is low, there are three major contributors to fetal and neonatal mortality, including: 1) delays in the decision to transfer to the hospital due to failure to identify early signs of fetal distress and/or hesitancy to transport due to fear of “punitive cesarean section”; 2) delays in reaching care due to distance from the hospital or fractured collaborations with Emergency Medical Services; and 3) delays in receiving care once arriving at the hospital due to fear, poor inter-professional communication, blaming and shaming.

We hope you will join MANA and NACPM to hear this important information and participate in the discussion that will follow.

Date: Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018
Time: 1:30 - 3:00pm ET
Register here.

2018 Focus: Comprehensive Reproductive Health

Following the 2017 MANA/CAM conference, the MANA Board of Directors committed to having meaningful conversation within the midwifery community on a variety of topics that impact our profession.

In 2018, one of MANA’s areas of focus will be the role of midwifery in comprehensive reproductive health. Throughout the year, watch for position papers, educational offerings, and community discussions.

Members are welcomed to contribute their time, energies, and wisdom by volunteering on the committees that will be developing these projects. Contact Claudia Breglia, Director of Organizational Development or Treesa McLean, Director of Public Affairs, to learn more.

Please also join us for Membership Advisory Council Meetings, which are scheduled quarterly on the 4th Tuesday of the month. Find registration links to the MAC meeting in the members only section of

Submit an abstract for #MANA18

Save the dates:


Jan 19 - Mar 5: Abstract Submissions Open

Jan 8 - Feb 7: Online Voting for Board Elections

Jan 25: Generations Webinar, 1:30 - 2:30pm ET

Feb 21: Neonatal Mortality Webinar, 1:30 - 3:00pm ET

Oct 11-14: MANA18, Portland, Maine
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