MANA Support for the Face of Birth - Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 6:30PM
The Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) is excited to announce support for the new film “The Face of Birth.” This film, which was filmed and produced in Australia, has an applicable message for women everywhere. With a subtitle of “When the Personal Gets Political,” it is clear that ultimately the film is about a woman’s sacred right to choose where and with whom she gives birth.
Nine women share their personal stories with the viewers, augmented by words of wisdom from leading global experts, echoing MANA’s belief in the safety of normal physiologic birth as well as a woman’s right to make the informed choice that is best for her and her family. You will find yourself in tears as you listen to the passion each woman’s voice. Indeed, the film encourages us all “to speak with a clear voice and to join with other women to speak” as we “fight an uphill battle to define birth as a normal physiologic event.”
MANA will be screening the film Thursday at 6:30pm and will have the film available for purchase at the convention. If you would like to buy the video before the convention, use the special code “WS053” on this page: http://www.faceofbirth.com/films. Make your selection (DVD, Download, and which film) and click “buy now” which will take you to another page to confirm. Click to confirm, which will take you to the shopping cart page where you will enter the code “WS053.”
Thank you to the film producers, Kate and Gavin, for this important work which supports the vision MANA has for a world where every person, in the setting of their choice, has access to high quality midwifery care provided by culturally safe, autonomous, community-based midwives.
"Blues & Brews" Opening Ceremony - Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 8:00-9:00pm, all welcome, followed by Exhibits Reception from 9:00-11:00pm
"Kim Massie is one of the most recognizable vocalists in the Midwest. Her ability to sing not only the blues but rock, pop, country, gospel and R&B has earned her two Best Female Vocalist of the Year Awards from the Riverfront Times as well as a Grand Center Visionary Award in 2005. This proud grandmother of six has shared the stage with artists such as Cyndi Lauper, India Arie, Nelly, and Chuck Berry." The "Blues Diva" will open MANA2014 with her inspiring show and unforgettable voice.
Other Special Convention Events
Dance into the night on the Terrace on the Roof overlooking the Arch.
Saturday, October 25th, 2014 8:00PM
Join the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery for a night of exclusive birth documentaries and special toasts to honor the birth activists of Missouri.
Songs & Conversation with Graham Nash - Sunday, October 26th, 2014, 5:30-7:00PM