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Issue #54, May 3, 2017

Home Birth Research Featured at MomsRising.org


Consumers now have a new resource to help them learn about recent research on risk factors and community (home and birth center) birth. Jeanette McCulloch interviewed Missy Cheyney, PhD, CPM, in this recent blog post at MomsRising.org. 

Please consider sharing the post HERE and leaving a comment thanking MomsRising.org for sharing information about community birth!

#Midwivesforall17

A campaign for midwifery for ALL families


Families of all kinds need midwives. But not all families have access to a midwife who looks like them or comes from their community. 

Elephant CircleThe Midwives AllianceSouthern Birth Justice Network, and Strong Families have come together to call for more midwives of all kinds to support the many kinds of family who want care. 

Starting on International Day of the Midwife (May 5th) and going through Mother’s Day (May 14th), the #Midwivesforall17 campaign is asking people to send a card to a midwifery leader reminding them that we need midwives for all families. Visit here to learn more and send a card now! Please also share these posts on Facebook here, here, and here

To help us better understand the motivation behind the campaign, which was launched by the MANA Division of Access and Equity, Jamarah Amani has written this guest post for MANA.

International Day of the Midwife
Free Webinar from GOLD with Saraswathi Vedam

To celebrate International Day of the Midwife, GOLD Learning Online Education is putting on a free accredited presentation by Saraswathi Vedam, RM, FACNM, MSN Sci D(hc). Reserve your FREE seat for Saraswathi's presentation titled "Clients, Colleagues, or Critics? Negotiating Gaps between evidence and community standards" by visiting this page. You can attend live on May 5 (9am PDT, 12pm EDT, 16:00 UTC) or access the recording at a later date. This presentation is also accredited for 1 ACNM, MEAC and CERP continuing education hour.

Mothers Naturally Directory 

Fix Underway Now!

The new MANA website, mana.org, went online at the beginning of the year. Along with the new look, many things were upgraded behind the scenes. This had the unintended effect of breaking the connection between our membership software and the midwife search function on Mothers Naturally. As a result, some members dropped off the searchable listing when it didn’t recognize their membership renewal, and new members addition to the list has been delayed. We know this is a very important benefit of membership, and we are very sorry this has happened. Our developers are working on the problem and we expect it to be fixed soon. We will keep you updated.

Support Birth Equity

Donate and Share FAM's Online Giving Campaign Today!


The Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery has launched an online giving campaign designed to provide much needed support for our health equity project. Here's how YOU can help:

1) Make a donation. Click here to donate today - any amount makes a difference.

2) Commit to raising funds. Pick a day and commit to raising $100, $500, $1000 or more among your online friends before the day ends. You can do it!

3) Share widely! Visit our post here and share. Leave a comment about why you support health equity projects. 

Save the date!

Understanding How Risk Factors Impact Outcomes in the Community Setting: A Webinar For Practitioners


Learn about how your practice can apply recent research on how risk factors impact outcomes in the community setting in a new MANA webinar. This webinar, led by co-author Melissa Cheyney PhD, CPM, LDM, will update you on the findings of the recently released article 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 (learn more about this research here). 

This webinar is a part of a series designed to brief practitioners and consumers on how to apply the findings of recent research to daily practice and decisions about place of birth. Watch here for details of the consumer-oriented webinar.

What: Understanding How Risk Factors Impact Outcomes in the Community Setting: A Webinar For Practitioners

When: Wednesday, May 17 at 3:00 pm Eastern/Noon Pacific

Where: Online

Who: All community birth providers are welcome

Register: Free registration required. Click here to register.

Please help us spread the word: share this Facebook event with your community birth peers.
MANACAM17 Conference Marketing Opportunities

Save the dates:


May 5: Free GOLD Webinar for IDM

May 5 - 14: #Midwivesforall17 Campaign

May 17: Understanding Risk Factors Webinar

Jun 1: Conference Early Bird Exhibit Discount Deadline

Jun 17 - 22: ICM, Toronto, Canada

Oct 13: Conference Program Ads Due

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