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Thursday Night

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

Friday Night

Dance into the night on the Terrace on the Roof overlooking the Arch.

Saturday night

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.

At the Hyatt at the Arch.
See the premier of Microbirth and an exclusive sneak peak of Why Not Home, a documentary that follows obstetricians in their path to choose home birth, presented by filmmaker Jessicca Moore.
Afterwards, join us in toasting and honoring the local birth activists of Missouri who have worked hard to legalize the practices of certified professional midwives. Tickets $20.

Sunday night

Songs & Conversation with Graham Nash - Sunday, October 26th, 2014, 5:30-7:00PM
BB’s Jazz, Blues, and Soups, 
700 South Broadway,
 St. Louis, Missouri
Down the street from the MANA conference (after the closing ceremony)!

Join legendary singer-songwriter Graham Nash, alongside his daughter Nile Nash, for a night of music and conversation. Fans will be treated to an acoustic performance as they discuss family, music, and personal stories. VIP ticket holders may stay for an intimate reception afterwards and receive a signed copy of Graham Nash’s recently published autobiography, Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life.
Proceeds of the event will benefit Uzazi Village of Kansas City, The Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery, and the Midwives Alliance of North America, all working to improve equity in birth outcomes for all women and babies.
The Uzazi Village’s September walk across the state of Missouri to raise awareness on Black Infant Mortality was canceled en route because of a hit and run accident that totaled the RV rented for the campaign walk. But read this message from Uzazi Village founder Sherry Payne and her ongoing needs to serve the women of Missouri who need her most.
Tickets: $50, VIP Tickets $100 include post-show reception and signed copy of Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life. A limited number of $40 (general admission) tickets will be available for MANA conference attendees. Buy your tickets TODAY!
The discount code is FAMLOVESMANA
GRAHAM NASH is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee—with CSN and with the Hollies. He was also inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame twice, as a solo artist and with CSN, and he is a Grammy Award winner. In 2010, Nash was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth for his contributions as a musician and philanthropist. An activist for social and environmental justice, he is also an artist, acclaimed photographer, and photography collector. NILE NASH is a Certified Nurse Midwife with a home birth practice in San Francisco.