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Issue #36, July 27, 2016

#MANA16 Early Bird Registration Open Now!

Hear and meet Robin Lim, Brad Bootstaylor, Michael Klein, and Barbara Katz Rothman, and more!

Make your plans NOW for #MANA16!

  • Get the knowledge and skills you need on learning tracks including clinical issues, legal issues, social justice, research and skills.
  • Explore Atlanta from our centrally-located hotel, with easy access to public transit, nearby restaurants and bars, and on-site fitness center.
  • Relax and rejuvenate and connect at our exhibits, dance, author signings, on-site massage options, and more.

Learn more and register here.

Special FAM Event Announcement: Enjoy a night of FUN and Fundraising at #MANA16


Friday, October 14

The Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery (FAM), home of the Birth Trust, invites you to Eat, Drink and Be Giving. We will kick off the evening by honoring Debbie Pulley, CPM and Brad S. Bootstaylor, MD, FACOG, members of the local Atlanta birth community who have helped transform the way women and families experience birth. Come share the love! There will also be great networking and a silent auction designed to dazzle your senses.

We will cap off the evening with a special screening of the new birth documentary everyone’s talking about: Why Not Home? Described as "ground-breaking, beautifully made, and a thoughtful look at complex issues," Why Not Home? explores the path of medical professionals – physicians, nurses, and others – who have chosen to give birth at home. Afterwards, Jessicca Moore, the film’s producer and director, will be on hand to take us behind the camera and to participate in a Q & A.

This should be a great evening! Tickets are $15 for MANA conference attendees and $25 for the general public. Purchase yours online now. There will be a cash bar and light refreshments. Doors open at 7:30. More details here.

All proceeds from this great event will support FAM's work. FAM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to midwifery in North America through education, research, public policy and promoting health equity. Through our grant making, our goal is to make "a midwife for every mother" a reality. We hope you can join us!

Midwives of Color Unity Gathering with Orixa at #MANA16

Midwives of Color are invited to the #MANA16 Midwives of Color Reception - Dancing Mindfulness with Orixa.

The dancing mindfulness practice is an expressive arts experience open to everyone regardless of previous experience with dance, yoga, music, meditation, or spiritual practice. Dancing Mindfulness is a channel for accessing mindful awareness that can be practiced individually or with a group, in the confines of a space like a yoga studio or treatment center, or in the daily arenas of your life. Dancing Mindfulness honors the invitation to "come as you are." 

Dancing Mindfulness classes, depending on the venue and purpose for the class, incorporate various forms of music to create a welcoming, integrated container. In a Dancing Mindfulness class, participants will be able to realize the rhythmic qualities of their breathing and heartbeats; to discover the healing, lyrical properties in even the most simple movements; and quite literally, to be able to express their own, personal story through dance. 

Friday at 8:30pm — Please wear comfortable clothes to move easily! 

Midwives of Color are also invited to the Midwives of Color Morning Meditation, facilitated by Orixa, Saturday at 6:00am.

Pre-Conference Spotlight:

Understanding The Endocrine System - What Midwives Need To Know with Sarita Bennett

The session will be a whirlwind tour of the endocrine system, paying particular attention to issues that affect childbearing women. With an emphasis on understanding basic physiology in an intuitive way, the participants will come away with a clearer vision of how this messenger system of the body works, and tools to help them "hear" the messages. Because so many clients are affected with endocrine issues in today's environment participants will appreciate being able to address basic concerns such as thyroid imbalance, adrenal fatigue, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and gestational diabetes, with confidence as they learn how to help those clients make a plan for working with their bodies.

Learn more and check out the full schedule here.

Helping Midwives Bring Love Back Into Birth

Join the Dignity Birth Campaign for this brand-new FREE online event

Feeling tired, stressed and unappreciated by the system?

Wondering where the magic in medicalised birth has gone?

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to join midwives from around the world to:

  • Learn techniques for self-care and healing
  • Share your stories
  • Move trauma to action

This webinar is being offered on two different dates and times, to allow easy participation by midwives in North America and South Africa.

August 11th at 3:00pm EDT
August 13th at 11:00am GMT

Learn more here.

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#MANA16 Scholarship Application Deadline July 31

With support from the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery (FAM), the MANA Board of Directors will again be awarding registration scholarships to attend the conference. The application, which is due July 31, is available online. Preference will be given to those who have not received a scholarship to attend MANA in the past. Applicants should register for the conference by the Early Bird Deadline of August 15th. You will receive a refund if awarded a scholarship. Applicants will be notified by August 31.

Save the dates:

Jul 31: Scholarship Application Deadline

Aug 15: Early Bird Registration Deadline

Sep 23:  #MANA16 Exhibitor Application Deadline

Oct 13-16:  #MANA16, Atlanta, GA
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