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Long Beach is the home of this year’s MANA CAM 2017 Annual Midwives Conference (MANA’s 35th conference!). Mark your calendars now for Nov 2 - 5th and come enjoy all that this beachfront community has to offer.

Top 10 reasons to visit Long Beach: 

1. The atmosphere: Also called the “Beach with Benefits,” Long Beach, California is known for its city atmosphere combined with shoreline small town culture. With all the benefits and conveniences of a big city, it also offers the atmosphere of a tropical escape to a seaside village.

The Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) is proud to support The Women’s March on Washington, a self-described “women-led movement bringing together people of all genders, ages, races, cultures, political affiliations and backgrounds… to affirm our shared humanity and pronounce our bold message of resistance and self-determination.”

Author: 
Marinah Valenzuela Farrell, LM, CPM

 

“You row forward looking back, and telling this history is part of helping people navigate toward the future. We need a litany, a rosary, a sutra, a mantra, a war chant for our victories. The past is set in daylight, and it can become a torch we can carry into the night that is the future.” - Rebecca Solnit

Author: 
MANA Community Manager

A new resource providing guidance on hydrotherapy in labor and birth is now available, thanks to a consensus of maternity care experts, including Midwives Alliance of North America. The resource, A Model Practice Template for Hydrotherapy in Labor and Birth, is a part of a growing body of resources for providers working with families considering hydrotherapy.

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The entire community of the Midwives Alliance of North America is mourning the loss of Ellen Harris-Braun, CPM, and the Director of Database Development for the Midwives Alliance Division of Research. You can learn more about her life and her contributions to her friends, family, and the profession at her obituary here. We asked some of her colleagues at MANA to share with us recollections of time with Ellen, as a way to honor her and share with you our love for her.

Author: 
MANA Community Manager

Each year MANA presents the Sage Femme award to honor a Grand Midwife, past or present, who has practiced the art of midwifery over many years and whose wisdom, perseverance and dedication serves as an inspiration to all midwives now and into the future. The Sapling award is presented each year to a new midwife who has shown exceptional passion and leadership as she continues her journey of learning and service to families and birth.

Author: 
MANA Community Manager

MANA's getting a new look, and we'd love your pictures to be a part of it. Read on to learn how to share your images with the MANA website.

The MANA website is getting a makeover, and we would love to feature your birth images! The MANA website receives thousands of views each month, and we hope your images will be a part of it. Sharing your photos is one way that you can support midwifery.

Author: 
Jill Breen CPM, CLC

 

Author: 
Marinah Valenzuela Farrell, LM, CPM

 

In the face of increasing home birth rates and declining maternal health outcomes in hospitals, society owes it to families to ensure safe birth options, regardless of the setting.

Author: 
Courtney L. Everson PhD
Marit Bovbjerg PhD, MS
Melissa Cheyney PhD, CPM, LDM

 

More than 50,000 cases of midwifery-led care will now be available to researchers thanks to the validation of the MANA stats 4.0 dataset. This key achievement makes MANA Stats by far the largest available dataset on physiologic birth and midwife-led care in the United States. Of particular interest to researchers is that MANA stats is based on medical records, which are considered to be the "gold standard" of health care research.