Call for Proposals 2018

Call for Proposals to Speak at the 36th Annual Midwives Alliance Conference


Call for Proposals to Speak at the 36th Annual Midwives Alliance of North America Conference


The MANA Program Committee invites abstract submissions for the 36th Annual Midwives Alliance of North America Conference to be held October 11 - 14, 2018.


The deadline to submit an abstract has been extended to March 15, 2018.

The Program Committee is aware that the process of writing abstracts may be a new skill for some presenters. Volunteers are available for questions and assistance through March 15th, 2018. Please contact us here.



WHO: This is an interdisciplinary conference, and we encourage submissions from researchers, practitioners, community members, community organizations, educators and students.

WHAT: There is a strong preference for research and clinical practice abstracts meeting the requirements for the NARM Bridge Certification and MANA Core Competencies. There is also a preference for processes that focus on effective strategies, interventions, and policies intended to address bias and marginalization.

All general abstracts submitted for presentation must go beyond MEAC/ACNM core competencies or show new learning (new research, new models, etc.) and have appropriate documentation of references.

MANA will apply for CEUs from ACNM and MEAC.

The Midwives Alliance is committed to fostering a community rooted in critical cultural safety, and encourages that abstracts submitted are mindful of how the content applies to and impacts
people of diverse racial, ethnic, sexual identity, gender, religious, or socioeconomic backgrounds.

Information on NARM Bridge Certificate
Midwives Alliance Core Competencies
American College of Nurse Midwives Core Competencies

WHEN: The deadline for submission is March 5, 2018The deadline has been extended to March 15, 2018. (Poster submissions will continue to be accepted after March 5.)  Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by April 20, 2018.


  • Advanced clinical skills
  • Community based participatory research
  • Student/Preceptor Relationships
  • Postpartum physical and emotional health
  • Newborn nutrition and feeding
  • Pharmacology
  • Processes around legislative change
  • Ageism in Midwifery
  • Grant writing/Abstract writing
  • Policy development
  • Community efforts to reclaim damaging historical narratives and representations
  • Community strategies for equitable partnerships in research
  • Midwifery leadership development
  • Qualitative work (including narratives / oral histories)
  • Professionalization of Midwifery, Licensure/Federal Recognition
  • 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.

The submission of an abstract does not guarantee participation in the program. Due to the necessary processes and time table of the Program Committee to review and score abstracts, any late or incomplete submissions may not be considered or will be subject to a lower scoring by default.

Abstracts will close on March 5, 2017. (Poster submissions will continue to be accepted after March 5.)

Abstract Review Scoring

Abstracts will be reviewed and scored according to the metrics defined by the Program Committee. The metrics and scoring are detailed on a pdf which may be downloaded here. The Program Committee strongly encourages submitters to review the metrics to ensure the best possible abstract submission.

Metrics - Each of the following items is worth 5 points, for a total possible 60 points.

  1. Writing Quality: Overall writing quality is careful and grammatically correct.
  2. Support and relevance for conference theme.
  3. Substance and Organization: Abstract presented in a clear, concise and justified manner.
  4. Quality of Abstract: Maintains a flow and consistency demonstrating knowledge of subject matter.
  5. Session Description: Will be of interest to MANA attendees.
  6. Speaker Qualifications: Speaker has qualifications to present this session.
  7. Demonstration of knowledge of and inclusion of cultural differences and history.
  8. Self awareness of conscious or unconscious racism or bias in content, practice and delivery.
  9. Content will assist in building better relationships with vulnerable populations, reaching as many people as possible in ways that create positive relationships and changes.
  10. Reflects the midwifery model of care, based on partnerships with individuals, families, and communities.
  11. Demonstrates awareness of impact on other vulnerable communities such as economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, the LGBTQ community, the uninsured, low-income families, the elderly, the homeless, and those with other chronic health conditions, including severe mental illness.
  12. Content goes beyond the “Core Competencies” and qualifies for CEUs.

Presentation Guidelines

  • The Program Committee selects the individual abstracts based on the information contained and disclosed within. As such, the Committee reserves the right to rescind acceptance and placement of a presentation at any point on any issue. This includes but is not limited to: incomplete submission information, non-return of signed speaker contract within deadline, any presenter changes without prior Committee approval, non-registration on appointed conference days, etc.
  • The individual submitting the abstract is considered the primary contact. All correspondence will be with 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.
  • Slides/videos. Some participants are sensitive to the visuals or media used in presentations. Some sessions will, by necessity for the presenter, have more possible traumatic or contentious content. Ex: An instructor teaching domestic violence in pregnancy may show a clip of a couple in which there are examples of abusive behavior. Some attendees may feel unprepared for the visuals, although they understand it is relevant to the topic discussed. The session may be highly  desired by the midwifery community, but some may wish they had prior warning of visual content. Attendees will have different levels of political and cultural differences, as well as different levels of safety needs and traumatic stress. It is beneficial for the speakers to be self aware and compassionate that this can create triggering in some participants. In order to inform attendees of possible triggering by content being used during a session, the Program Committee and coordinators for conference ask that those triggers be identified as much as possible in the speaker contract. Note: this does NOT have an impact on scoring or decision making by the Program Committee but is for participants to determine which sessions they will attend.

If abstract is accepted:

  • Presenters agree to register for the conference for at least the day of their presentation, including poster presenters.
  • Presenters will submit signed speaker contracts by May 4th, 2018.
  • Presenters agree to work with the Program Committee to revise presentation titles, reassign the identified topic area, or edit the program summary for promotional and program materials.  


Breakout Sessions

  • Presenter/s are responsible for their own travel & lodging.
  • 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 committee in advance.  

Preconference Workshops

  • Presenter(s) are responsible for their own travel, lodging and meals.
  • Half and full day pre-conference workshops are offered at an additional cost. Profits will be shared 50/50 with presenters AFTER expenses. Expenses will be primarily audio visual. We do not offer coffee breaks or meals on pre-conference day. The conference committee will confer with selected presenters to set fees. (Fees for comparison sake have been approximately $75 for half day and $150 for full day workshops).
  • Presenter is responsible for all duplication and cost of handouts.
  • Presenter agrees to partner with MANA in workshop promotion via their own network and social media mechanisms.


  • There is no honoraria for poster presentations, but presenters are eligible to receive a prestigious Ellen Harris Braun Research Award of Excellence. Last year's award-winning presentations were: "Sharing STI Responsibility" and "Epiduralized Birth."
  • Poster presenters will be sent information and asked to sign an agreement to present.
  • We encourage attendees from all settings and academic backgrounds to submit a poster submission.

We strongly recommend you keep a copy of all this information for your records.


  • Many of the fields are mandatory and must be filled in before you can submit your form.
  • We suggest saving your abstract submission entries in a Word document.
  • A pdf with the information found on this page, and all the information requested via the abstract submission webform, can be downloaded here.
  • Fill out a separate form for each individual session you would like the committee to consider.
  • Incomplete submissions may be subject to a lowered score or not considered.
  • More information on creating posters is provided here. Poster submissions will continue to be accepted after March 5.

Thank you for sharing your expertise with MANA!




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