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Tell a man that he could possibly have a heart attack when making love. Then tell him that it would be safer for him to come to the hospital and make love while being monitored by a physician. Do you think a doctor coming in to take his blood pressure and monitor his heart every 10 minutes would affect his performance?

This is the question Saraswathi Vedam asks when giving an analogy about women and their birth choices.

We are pleased to announce the theme for the MANA 2014 Conference October 23-26 in St Louis is:

"The Spirit of Midwifery."

New State by State Resource Guide provides legal status, connects birth professionals and consumers

Dear members of the MANA community:

Thank you all for the warm welcome the blog has received. We are very grateful for your input, your feedback, and most of all, your community.

Author: 
Nermarí Faría Broderick

“Every community should have their own midwife. Someone who understands their culture, who they already trust, who is a part of their community, who they’ve known since they were children.” ~ Umm Salaamah “Sondra” Abdullah-Zaimah, MN, CNM, CPM

Have you been following the debate about the recent press release by the authors of a new study, suggesting that babies born at home had a 10-fold higher death rate than babies born in the hospital?

We hope you'll check out today's Science and Sensibility post, where Wendy Gordon shares with Lamaze's readers "why the recent home birth research using 5 minute Apgar scores does not produce reliable data that consumers can use to make a decision on where they would like to give birth."

by Wendy Gordon, CPM, LM, MPH, member of the Coordinating Council of the MANA Division of Research