Who is MANA?

Mission Statement

The mission of the Midwives Alliance of North America is to unite, strengthen, support and advocate for the midwifery community and to promote educational, economic, and cultural sustainability of the midwifery profession. (revised May 2020)

Vision Statement

The Midwives Alliance of North America envisions Midwifery as a thriving, diverse, autonomous profession in service to families throughout North America. (revised May 2020)

Goals

  • To engage midwives in dialog and to encourage solidarity across North America
  • To recognize the diversity among midwives and to foster inclusive community building
  • To build an identity as a cohesive organization representing the profession as well as the tradition of midwifery at regional, national and international levels
  • To position midwives as acknowledged authorities, working to improve perinatal health in collaboration with other professionals
  • To collect and disseminate high quality research about midwifery care
  • To promote excellence in midwifery practice
  • To sponsor continuing education opportunities for midwives
  • To increase access to midwives in all settings
  • To endorse the Midwives Model of Careâ„¢ as the gold standard for childbirth
  • To affirm the rights of pregnant women to give birth where and with whom they choose
     

The Midwives Alliance promotes professional development and continuing education of midwives so all women and babies will have access to practitioners who can provide excellent prenatal care, safe and empowering births, comprehensive postpartum care, and privacy during the critically important bonding period of mother-infant attachment.

 

People of MANA

The People of MANA make a real difference by giving of their time, energy and resources to sustain and grow our beautiful organization.

Sections & Divisions

Sections and Divisions assure the smooth functioning of MANA as a whole and facilitate implementation of the various projects and endeavors approved by the membership.

History

In 1982, the Midwives Alliance of North America was established as a non-profit (501 c 6) professional organization for all midwives. MANA grew out of a grassroots coalition of diverse types of midwives including nurse-midwives, lay midwives, direct-entry midwives, and traditional midwives from across North America. The impetus to create MANA was a desire to establish a professional home for all midwives that would recognize and honor the diversity of educational backgrounds and practice styles within the profession.

Special Mention

Many people deserve recognition for advancing the practice and profession of midwifery or for helping MANA continue to fulfill its mission.

Core Documents of the Midwives Alliance

The essential documents of the Midwives Alliance describe the core competencies for basic midwifery practice, as well as the standards, qualifications and ethics necessary to provide high-quality, evidence-based services to women, newborns and childbearing families.