Midwives Alliance is very happy to announce the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) will be joining the United States Midwifery Education Regulation & Association (US MERA) coalition of midwifery organizations.
Nov 9, 2011 Meeting with MANA and ACNM
MANA has long advocated for the participation of ICTC as an essential voice at the table. Since the groundbreaking meeting in 2011 with the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) at the MANA conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario, to discuss the future of midwifery in the U.S., through the inception and development of US MERA, and into the winter of 2016, MANA has urged representation from ICTC. We believe strongly in their mission “to increase the number of Black midwives, doulas, and healers, to empower families, in order to eliminate infant and maternal mortality.”
Our past Executive Director and President Geradine Simkins repeatedly stood up for inclusion of ICTC from the first organizational meeting of US MERA.
Subsequent Presidents Jill Breen, Marinah Farrell and the MANA board were in full support and remained steadfast throughout, always speaking clearly for acceptance of ICTC as a full association member of the coalition.
More recently, current MANA President Marinah Farrell expressed a conscientious objection to the long and challenging process of ICTC's application
Marinah Farrell, Colleen Donovan-Batson, Sarita Bennett and Geradine Simpkins, US MERA meeting, 2014
and relinquished her steering committee position in an act of solidarity, while acknowledging the importance of MANA continuing on at an organizational level.
ICTC President Shafia Monroe advocating for ICTC membership on US MERA, Oct 22, 2014
MANA Board Member Colleen Donovan-Batson and ICTC President Shafia Monroe
Sherry Devries graciously filled-in with me on the MERA Steering Committee as we continued to fight for the principles of equity and inclusion, and the importance of addressing disparities at every level. MANA is grateful to Sherry for her encouragement and support during difficult consensus discussions, as well as to the entire MANA board of directors for recognizing the importance of staying at the table on behalf of our membership.
Most importantly, it was through the hard work and determination of President and Founder Shafia Monroe and the ICTC board and membership that this has come to pass. “In 2015, ICTC represented Black midwives and doulas in the national debate of increasing the number of midwives and doulas of color, diversifying the midwifery and doula workforce and improving infant and maternal health in the African American community. And we continued to petition for autonomous membership with the US MERA Coalition.”*
Shafia Monroe, President & Founder, ICTC
MANA looks forward to welcoming and working with the ICTC representatives to the MERA leadership meeting in April 2016.
Midwives Alliance Board of Directors