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May 5th marks the International Day of the Midwife. We're taking this opportunity to honor and celebrate the many ways midwives provide life-long support to families.

As midwives, we all know that the way a woman is received at the hospital during a transfer from a home birth can impact both her physical and emotional safety. Midwives, hospitals, and policy makers have a new tool designed to help create an optimal transfer environment.

Author: 
Marinah Valenzuela Farrell, LM, CPM

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently released a joint statement with the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine on ways to reduce primary cesareans. As a part of our Cesarean Awareness Month efforts, we wanted to share with the MANA community our open letter to ACOG. We welcome your comments.

Dr. Jeanne Conry, President
Dr. Hal Lawrence, Executive Director
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Dear Drs. Conry and Lawrence,

Author: 
Jill Breen CPM, CLC

Though March is officially Women's History Month, we would like to continue our reflections on the history of midwifery and maternal health care. Will you join us with your Throwback Thursday posts and pictures?

Roanna Rosewood is an author and was a keynote speaker at MANA 2013 in Portland, OR in October 2013.

Author: 
Marinah Valenzuela Farrell, LM, CPM

MANA has begun a new era!

Introduction by Geradine Simkins, DEM, CNM, MSN is MANA's executive director.

Today is IBCLC Day! 

This year, the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) is honoring the day by “taking this opportunity to thank the International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) that have made a difference in our lives.”

Opportunities to make change year round

During the month of February, MANA has been highlighting birth workers of color and their role in improving outcomes for mothers and babies.

Although Black History Month ends this week, the impacts of health disparities in the U.S. continue year round.

MANA would like to bring attention to one national effort to create health equity: scholarships for birth workers of color.

 

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