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Author: 
Jeanette McCulloch, IBCLC

Are you following Sherry Payne's Walk for Black Infant Mortality Awareness? She's walking across the state of Missouri to "bring attention to the invisible epidemic of African-American infant mortality - babies dying prior to their first birthday." We connected with Sherry before the walk began to learn more about her path to midwifery, her projects at Uzazi Village, and how we can all support the walk. You can also hear her speak at the upcoming MANA convention.

1) Help families find you! All midwife members of MANA are eligible to be listed at Mothers Naturally "Find a Midwife."

"Women should be at the heart of planning maternity services."
— Mary Renfrew, on the findings of the upcoming
Lancet Special Series on Midwifery

Midwives know from lived experience the value midwifery care has for birthing families, their communities, and the world. Next week, the evidence base for the impact of midwifery care will be significantly expanded.

Author: 
Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE

Guest Post by Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE

Editor's Note: Tech issues as we updated the MANA site meant this post couldn't run during the month of May. However, this content remains relevant year round, not just during International Doula Month! 

There are many defining moments in a woman's life, but few carry more weight than the day she is born into motherhood. Seeing her child for the first time after the nine months the baby has grown inside her body is elating, and it changes her- whether she's experiencing it for the first time or the seventh time. No birth story is ever the same, and each is unique and compelling.

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: 
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.

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