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Issue #34, June 22, 2016

We Stand With Orlando

Our hearts are with Orlando and the trans/queer and people of color communities there who have been particularly devastated during this time.Terror and hate continue to try to invade the safe spaces of marginalized communities. Last year it was an African American Church in Charleston and this year a gay nightclub in Orlando on Latino night. Those of us who protect the sanctity of the birth space know the importance of safe space. When the places we go to gather in safety are vulnerable, we are vulnerable as a community. And so we stand together in solidarity to oppose this kind of violence and honor the lives of those who have passed too soon.

MANA Membership Advisory Council (MAC) Meeting 

You are invited to attend the second meeting of the MANA Membership Advisory Council (MAC), where your voice is essential to ensuring that member input guides the continuing work of the organization. In addition to any topic you want to discuss, the MANA Board would like to hear your thoughts on how to promote, advance and fund our fabulous Division of Research and the work they do to maintain the MANA Stats Project, as well as the research that serves to inform best practice. How does this research impact your practice? How can midwives and their clients be better served by research? How can we work together to keep the DOR thriving? We look forward to hearing your wisdom! For members only. To register, contact Sarita.

MANA Membership Advisory Council (MAC) Meeting
Wed, Jun 29, 2016
Noon - 1:00pm EDT (Find the time in your local time zone here.)

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Apply for Scholarships for #MANA16 now!

New this year: Work Study!

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 (available here) is due July 31. Preference will be given to those who have not received a scholarship to attend MANA in the past. Applicants will be notified by August 31.

MANA is also offering a limited number of work study opportunities for people who need volunteer hours to meet a school requirement, or simply would benefit from a rebate on their conference registration fees. You will be asked to register and pay fully in advance of the event, but will receive a rebate check after the conference for $50 for 4 hours of volunteering. Check here for more information and how to apply.

ICM Competency Review

From our very beginnings as a member association of the International Confederation of Midwives in the mid 1980s, Midwives Alliance has participated in the decision making processes of the ICM Council.

Most recently this took the form of the development of the ICM global standards for midwifery education, regulation and association, also known as the Three Pillars, with the aim of strengthening midwifery worldwide. The MANA leadership greatly influenced this process, including directing educational standards toward three year pathways rather than four year degree based programs in university, whose financial barriers jeopardize the growth of the midwifery workforce, particularly for aspiring midwives of color.

As we prepare for the 2017 Triennial Congress of ICM in Toronto, Canada, the latest round of decision making is coming to the forefront. Midwives Alliance will participate in the update of the ICM Competencies, last revised in 2013. Midwives Alliance participants will include members of the board of directors, the document review committee, and past presidents, as well as key midwifery educator representatives.

Follow MANA here with continuing ICM information as the 2017 Triennial Congress in Toronto approaches!

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Save the dates:


July 31: Early Bird Registration Deadline

Jul 31: Scholarship Application Deadline

Sep 23:  #MANA16 Exhibitor application deadline

Oct 13-16:  #MANA16, Atlanta, GA
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