Past Events

A listing of past events of interest to our members.



Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 8:00am to Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 6:00pm

MANA's Annual conference is a great way to learn about the latest legal, medical and advocacy developments for midwives. Our conference website is HERE.

Membership Advisory Council online meeting

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Membership Advisory Council 
Tuesday January 10th at 2pm EDT.
Sign in to find agenda and registration information here in our MEMBERS ONLY section.


Abstract Submissions Now Open!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 12:00am to Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 12:00am


Calling all speakers! MANA invites you to submit an abstract to speak at the 35th Annual MANA Conference, hosted in collaboration with the California Association of Midwives Foundation. The program committee is seeking proposals on topics including: clinical skills & issues, education, global health, legal concerns and general interest. You may submit for a half or full-day pre-conference workshop, a breakout session, a plenary or a poster presentation (or all of the above). Learn more and apply here. The deadline to apply is February 15.

#MANACAM17 will be November 2-5 2017 in Long Beach, CA. Save the Date!

Robin Lim- Free at Gold Midwifery. Two live presentations

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:15pm

If you missed Robin Lim at MANA 2016, or you want to hear this amazing speaker one more time, Robin Lim is Gold Midwifery's Online Conference 2017 Closing Keynote Speaker. Robin's presentation "Birth in the Era of Climate Change: Lessons learned in the Epicenter of Disasters" will take place Live February 20th, 2017 and is free and open to anyone in the pubic to attend.

There are two live presentations February 20. 2017

9:00 am Eastern/6:00 am Pacific
7:00 pm Eastern/4:00pm Pacific

or you can access public recordings of this talk until March 10th, 2017

For more details, visit the Gold Midwifery website HERE

Robin Lim ("Mother Robin," or "Ibu Robin") is a midwife and founder of Yayasan Bumi Sehat (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation) health clinics, which offer free prenatal care, birthing services and medical aid to anyone who needs it. She and her team have been working since 2003 to combat Indonesia's high maternal and infant mortality rates, and the Bumi Sehat birth centers serve many at-risk mothers. She was awarded the 2011 CNN Hero of the Year award by the CNN news network for helping thousands of low-income women in Indonesia with healthy pregnancy and birth services.

New Webinar: Compassionate Self-Care For Midwives

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 1:00pm


Dignity Birth Campaign, a joint project between MANA and Compassionate Birth Project and sponsored by CoreAlign will be offering two webinars. The date for the first webinar has been changed, and it is now scheduled for March 27th at 1:00 PM EDT, when we will talk about compassionate self appreciation for midwives in the post-election time.

The second is April 7th, the World Health Day, which is a webinar to review the findings of the WHO report on Midwives Voices, Midwives Realities, the largest global survey of midwives.

Membership Advisory Council Online Meeting

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Membership Advisory Council
Friday April 28th at 3pm EDT.
Sign in to find agenda and registration information in our MEMBERS ONLY section.

#Midwivesforall17 A campaign for midwifery for ALL families

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 12:00am to Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 12:00am

Families of all kinds need midwives. But not all families have access to a midwife who looks like them or comes from their community. 

Elephant Circle, The Midwives Alliance, Southern Birth Justice Network, and Strong Families have come together to call for more midwives of all kinds to support the many kinds of family who want care. 

Starting on International Day of the Midwife (May 5th) and going through Mother’s Day (May 14th), the #Midwivesforall17 campaign is asking people to send a card to a midwifery leader reminding them that we need midwives for all families. Visit here to learn more and send a card now! Please also share these posts on Facebook here, here, and here

To help us better understand the motivation behind the campaign, which was launched by the MANA Division of Access and Equity, Jamarah Amani has written this guest post for MANA.

Understanding How Risk Factors Impact Outcomes in the Community Setting: A Webinar For Practitioners

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Learn about how your practice can apply recent research on how risk factors impact outcomes in the community setting in a new MANA webinar. This webinar, led by co-author Melissa Cheyney PhD, CPM, LDM, will update you on the findings of the recently released article in the journal Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, entitled Perspectives on risk: Assessment of risk profiles and outcomes among women planning community birth in the United States (learn more about this research here). 

This webinar is a part of a series designed to brief practitioners and consumers on how to apply the findings of recent research to daily practice and decisions about place of birth. Watch here for details of the consumer-oriented webinar.

What: Understanding How Risk Factors Impact Outcomes in the Community Setting: A Webinar For Practitioners

When: Wednesday, May 17 at 3:00 pm Eastern/Noon Pacific

Where: Online

Who: All community birth providers are welcome

Register: Free registration required. See registration link below.

Please help us spread the word: share this Facebook event with your community birth peers.

Countdown to ICM!

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 12:00am to Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 12:00pm


Midwives Alliance encourages all midwives, and especially our members, to attend the 31st Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives, June 17 - 22 in Toronto, Canada. Make plans now to join your sister midwives here in North America, at what is sure to be the event of the year, hosted by our dear friends in Canada! 

We've created a Facebook event to keep you up-to-date. Visit often for Congress updates, and feel free to post and share with friends. 

From ICM: The highly topical and relevant theme for the 2017 Congress is "Midwives - Making a Difference in the World". We have reached a time when attention turns to ‘what next’ after the 2015 Millennium Development Goals. As new global initiatives are being developed, one strong message emerges from the 2011 and the 2014 State of World Midwifery Reports and that is ‘midwives do make a difference’ in saving the lives of women and newborns and promoting good health.

International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress

Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 1:45am to Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 1:45am

MANA presenters at the International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress in Toronto, Canada: 

Director of Health Policy and Advocacy and ICM section Chair, Colleen Donovan Batson CNM, MS is presenting on Legionella 

MANA President, Marinah Valenzuela Farrell, LM, CPM is presenting on Dignity Birth Campaign,

MANA Division of Research Chair, Missy Cheney CPM, LDM, PhD presents new research using MANA Stats;  "Contributors to Fetal and Neonatal Death During Planned Midwife-led Homebirths in the United States: A Modified FIMR Approach" 

Three additional presenters come from MANA's Division of Research