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The 2017 Sage Femme — Marina Alzugaray, MS, CNM, ARNP

Author: 
Vicki Hedley, CPM, CM, MA

It was 1982. I was unexpectedly pregnant with my first child (why it was unexpected I don’t really know… the diaphragm was in the drawer instead of where it belonged). I came across Spiritual Midwifery and heard the word midwife for the first time in my life. A midwife cost $500 and a doctor $3,000. It wasn’t such a hard decision really for someone with very little money and no insurance. Paying off that midwife and birth center took two years, AND, I was privileged enough to be able to access this care when so many others couldn’t or didn’t even know it existed.

MANA is honored to represent midwives and the women and people that we serve. We are deeply committed to having meaningful conversation within the midwifery community about how we can begin to repair our collective wounds, address glaring disparities impacting our membership, recognize our history as an organization, and move forward.

MANA is a national midwifery organization that recognizes and represents ALL midwives regardless of credential and pathway; MANA is working hard to make midwifery more inclusive. MANA conferences are designed to encourage mutual solidarity, respect, and learning.

Do you have an opinion about the best way to care for people during pregnancy and birth? Does it concern you that one in three US births are by cesarean section? Are you horrified at the knowledge that the US is the only country in the entire world with a rising maternal death rate, and that those statistics are driven by a black maternal death rate quadruple that of white women? Do you have an opinion? Of course you do, you’re a midwife!

Author: 
Vicki Hedley, CPM, CM, MA

It is beautiful to watch the extreme generosity of midwives in Texas and Louisiana toward each other and most especially toward birthing families. No one is asking, “What kind of midwife are you?” Midwives, regardless of credential, are working together to provide care to displaced families.

The state of Texas has temporarily lifted licensure requirements for those who are licensed in other states to come to help with disaster relief.  Learn more here.

Author: 
Courtney L. Everson PhD

 

The MANA Division of Research (DOR) is coming to MANA CAM 2017 with ground-breaking offerings. Don’t miss out on your chance to connect with DOR members and advance research in midwifery care!

 

Author: 
Treesa McLean, LM

 

I am Treesa Mclean, a Licensed Midwife and the Director of Public Affairs. My mother Donna Martin was a single parent, to my sister Mary and I who she raised alone.  She worked, went to community college and eventually won a place in the Teacher Corp program, going to the University of the Pacific and graduating with honors. She did this working 15 hours a week, doing community volunteering, and taking care of Mary and me. She passed away in May. 

Author: 
Vicki Hedley, CPM, CM, MA

My MANA roots were established sitting at the feet of Linda McHale, long-time MANA board member, hearing her stories of early MANA days and learning the importance of standing up for midwives and for our profession. Some of my most difficult lessons came from realizing that midwifery in itself is a political act when all I wanted to do was help people have babies. Twenty years later, I am honored to serve as the president of MANA.

Today, I think about what systemic change is needed so that we can get back to focusing our energy on helping people have babies.

Recent media coverage on risks of waterbirth has reinforced the need to ensure robust research on the safety of hydrotherapy in labor and birth, and the importance of appropriate infection protocols. We are saddened to learn of the two infants who contracted Legionnaires’ disease in Arizona after birth in the water. According to media coverage, both infants recovered after receiving antibiotic treatment.