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Abstract Submission

Abstract submission process now open for MANA 2017 Midwives Conference in collaboration with CAM.


General Guidelines for Abstract Submissions for the 2017 Midwives Conference

Hosted by the Midwives Alliance of North America and California Association of Midwives Foundation


The MANA/CAM Program Committee is now accepting applications to present a session (poster, pre-conference workshop, breakout or plenary) at the 2017 conference.

If you are interested in presenting at #MANACAM17 complete this abstract submission form by February 15 - deadline extended to March 1st.

We will notify accepted presenters in April. Additional information required for CEUs will be collected from selected conference presenters at that time. 

It is the responsibility of the abstract submitter to read and adhere to the contents of this document.

You are required to submit the following information. Abstracts that are incomplete, late or not consistent with the format will not be considered. The submission of an abstract does not guarantee participation in the program.

All general abstracts submitted for oral presentation must go beyond MEAC/ACNM core competencies or show new learning (new research, new models, etc.) and have appropriate documentation of references. Topics relevant to full-scope clinical midwifery are sought including primary care, evidence-based practice, global health, education, business, and policy that expand on current practice or introduce novel approaches to care.  MANA will apply for credits from ACNM and MEAC. CAM will apply for credits from BRN and will also provide credits to LMs in California.

Abstract Review Process

Phase 1: Submit on-line

Required information for consideration of your abstract:

  • Complete speaker contact information and credentials for each speaker
  • Choose which track best describes your topic. Tracks include: clinical skills, educator, global health, clinical issues, legal concerns and general interest
  • An outline of your proposed session
  • Brief description of your session (200 words max.)
  • Brief biography for each speaker (200 words max.)
  • Cultural safety (200 words max.) More information below

Round 1: The Program Committee will begin to review the abstracts after the call for abstracts has closed on February 15, 2017. Round 1 of this review process is blind. All identifying information from the abstract is removed. Those selected then move to Round 2.

Round 2: Identifying information is disclosed to the Program Committee as the final selection process continues. You will then be asked to submit a Curriculum Vitae/Resume for all speakers.

Phase 2: All submitters will be notified at the end of the selection process regarding acceptance or rejection.

If selected, a complete abstract is required. This will include:

  • behavioral objectives
  • references/resources for your session

Abstract submitters must adhere to the following rules:

  • The Program Committee reserves the right to cancel a presentation based on noncompliance at any point on any issue. This includes but is not limited to: failure to complete Phase 2, failure to return signed speaker contract, not notifying CEU Chairperson of presenter changes, failure to communicate in a timely manner, 
  • The individual submitting the abstract is considered the primary contact. All correspondence about the abstract will be emailed to the primary contact person ONLY. The primary contact person is responsible for providing any communication details to the other presenters. Speakers may NOT be added after abstract submission. If it becomes necessary to make a change of speaker, this information will be communicated to the CEU Chairperson.  
  • Under no circumstances may a session be used as a place for direct promotion of a presenter's product, service, or monetary self-interest. Sales pitches disguised as presentations will not be considered. 

Presentation Guidelines

  • All Preconference workshop sessions will be identified as half day (4 hours) or full day (8 hours). 
  • All Concurrent breakout presentations will run 90 minutes. 
  • Plenary sessions are 50 minutes (plus 10 minutes for questions)
  • Poster Presentations: See Poster Guidelines 

General Program Issues

If abstract is accepted, presenter(s) agree to:  

  • All presenters must register to attend #MANACAM17 for at least the day of their presentation, including poster presenters.
  • ALL presenters must submit signed presenter agreements.  
  • Presenters must use PowerPoint to present their session. 
  • Presenters agree to be available to appear any day the Program Committee assigns their Concurrent Session. Pre-conference sessions are Thursday, November 2, 2017. The general conference is Friday, November 3, 2017 through Sunday, November 5, 2017.
  • Five educational sessions will run concurrently.  
  • The Program Committee reserves the right to revise presentation titles, reassign the identified topic area, or edit the program summary for promotional and program materials.  


Concurrent Education Sessions

  • Presenter/s are responsible for their own travel & all expenses related to presentation.  
  • Presenters are eligible for one complimentary conference registration on the day they are speaking.  This is ONLY provided to the primary presenter unless otherwise pre-approved and authorized by the programming commitee in advance.  

Preconference Workshops

  • Presenter/s are responsible for their own travel & all expenses related to presentation. 
  • Preconference income with the presenter 50/50 after expenses. 
  • Presenter is responsible for all duplication of handouts.


  • There is no honoraria for these presentations. 

Note: Concurrent Education Session and Preconference Workshop Presenters are required to make their own reservations at the contracted hotel in their own name. 

Presenter on site responsibilities: 

  • Check in at conference registration desk.
  • Bring PowerPoint presentation on portable storage device (flash, jump, thumb drive.) Laptops will be provided for the conference general session and breakout rooms. For preconference sessions, presenters must bring their own laptops. 
  • Check in to session/workshop room 20 minutes prior to start time.

We strongly recommend you keep a copy of all this information for your records. We recommend writing your abstract submission in Word and then cutting and pasting it onto this submission form. This will avoid panic should there be any electronic glitches!


  • Many of the fields are mandatory and must be filled in before you can submit your form.
  • Fill out a separate form for each individual session you would like the committee to consider.
  • Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
  • More information on creating posters is provided here.

Thank you for your willingness to share your expertise with us as you complete this abstract submission form.

Please fill out the information below on the main speaker to contact if more than one will be presenting.

* Please note that because half and full day pre-conference workshops are offered at an additional cost to the conference registration, profits will be shared 50/50 with presenters AFTER expenses are deducted. For the 2017 conference, expenses will be primarily audio  visual rental and labor expenses. We do not offer coffee breaks or meals on pre-conference day. The Program Committee Chair will confer with selected presenters to set fees. (Recent fees for comparison sake have been approximately $75 for half day and $150 for full day workshops).

The Midwives Alliance and California Association of Midwives are committed to fostering a community rooted in critical cultural competence in which we celebrate as well as deeply examine how our myriad cultures impact the field of maternal care. As you complete this presentation abstract, please be mindful of — and describe in writing — how the content of your presentation applies to and impacts people of diverse racial, ethnic, sexual identity, gender, religious, or socioeconomic backgrounds. If you are not certain how to address these questions, please make a note in the box that you'd like assistance with it, and continue to complete your submission.

Definition of Critical Cultural Competency: possessing knowledge, skills, and attitudes that foster cross-cultural capacity in education, program execution, service provision, relationship building; critical cultural competence also entails critical awareness and consciousness of self, others, and the social constructs and power structures that impact and shape the contextual relevance of programs, services, interpersonal interactions, educational development, etc.

Please answer the following three questions (in under 200 words combined) keeping the above in mind:

Thank you for your willingness to share your expertise at #MANACAM17!

You will be notified if your session is accepted.

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