by Geradine Simkins, CNM, MSN, Executive Director, Midwives Alliance of North America

We’re incredibly excited to tell you that on January 30th, next Thursday, the much-anticipated outcomes from our MANA Stats 2004-2009 dataset will be publicly released.  

Two articles will be published in the upcoming Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health: one describes the MANA Stats system and how it works, and the other describes the outcomes of planned home births with midwives between 2004 and 2009.  

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.

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