Past Events

A listing of past events of interest to our members.


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Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 12:00am to 11:45pm


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Nominations Open for MANA Board

Friday, September 1, 2017 - 6:00am to Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 11:45pm

MANA is accepting nominations for the Board of Directors as of September first. This is your opportunity to not only make sure your opinion is heard, but to make sure your work has an effect that reaches far beyond your immediate community. This year, the positions available are Vice President, Treasurer, and Director of Events. Nominees must be Voting Members of MANA, non-profit board experience is helpful but not required, and the ability to make a commitment of time and expertise is essential. Basic computer skills and access to the internet is a must. Read more on the blog here.

Your Voice Needed! Membership Advisory Council Meeting

Membership Advisory Council Online Meeting

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


Save the date for Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 2:00 - 3:00pm Eastern for the next meeting of the Membership Advisory Council (MAC).

Who serves on the MAC? YOU! The MAC meetings are open to all MANA members. We welcome you to share your input and feedback.

To find agenda and registration information, sign in to the Members Only section of the website, or visit us here on Facebook.

National Queer and Trans Birth Workers Convening: Challenging Barriers, Taking Space

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

The National Queer and Trans Birth Workers Convening: Challenging Barriers, Taking Space will kick off the annual conference! This convening will happen at the conference hotel on Wednesday, November 1st from 2:00pm - 6:00pm with an informal dinner to follow. 

The convening is open to all LGBTQIA and gender non-conforming birth workers and folks who are interested in birth support. The event is meant to be a space for queer, trans and gender non-conforming folks to build community, expand possibilities, and help each other break down barriers to access and care and navigate the unique challenges we face.

In order to support this work now and in the future, we’re asking for a sliding scale donation of $20 to register. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.  Allies of the community who would like to support the convening please make a donation. All funds will be used to directly fund this year’s National Queer and Trans Birth Workers Convening and any work that grows out of it.

Ticket and donation information here.

Midwifery Care Reimbursement Identification Project Town Hall

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Midwives across the United States struggle with being reimbursed for their services. States have different models for Medicaid reimbursement and insurers set their own, sometimes unfair rules. MANA is interested in the experiences of members and seeks to identify their problems and concerns, and develop reimbursement strategies on a more global scale, in conjunction with other complementary providers represented by the Integrative Health Policy Consortium.

MANA Town Hall — Listening to Members
As part of the Midwifery Care Reimbursement Identification Project, we want to hear your thoughts and concerns regarding the current state of insurance reimbursement of midwifery care. Join us for an online Town Hall meeting on December 6th at 10:00 am PST. Register for the meeting here.

You can also participate in the project by filling out a survey of your experiences. Access the survey here.

MANA Board Elections 2018

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 12:00am to Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 12:00am

This year MANA members will vote for Vice President, Treasurer, and Director of Events. MANA members may choose a candidate on the ballot, or write in an alternative choice.

Each vote counts! Without participation by a certain percentage of the membership, the elections are invalid and new director positions are appointed by the sitting Board of Directors.

The ballot opened on January 8 and will be available until midnight February 7. Ballots were emailed to MANA members on January 8 via SurveyMonkey. If you did not receive a ballot, and believe that you should have, please email Marie.

The MANA Stats Fetal, Neonatal Mortality Review (FNMR) Project: Preliminary Findings and Implications for Practice

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm


A webinar with Dr. Melissa Cheney

In this webinar, cosponsored by MANA and NACPM, Dr. Melissa Cheyney will describe findings from a study designed to examine all fetal and neonatal deaths recorded in MANA Stats between 2004 and 2016. Using a modified Fetal-Infant-Mortality-Review (FIMR) approach, midwife-researchers conducted detailed interviews with midwives for all non-miscarriage fetal and neonatal deaths in the sample. The objective was to clarify the gestational age at which the death occurred and to properly classify late miscarriages.

The reviewers also collected qualitative data on when, how, and why the death occurred, as well as data on whether an autopsy was conducted, and the official cause of death assigned via medical examiner or coroner’s report. Using the three delays model as proposed by Thaddeus and Maine (1994), she discusses rates of intrapartum and neonatal death in a large sample of more than 50,000 planned, midwife-led, community births (home and birth center) in the United States. She will also provide an in-depth thematic analysis of the primary contributors to mortality in the sample.

Findings indicate that while the overall rate of death is low, there are three major contributors to fetal and neonatal mortality, including: 1) delays in the decision to transfer to the hospital due to failure to identify early signs of fetal distress and/or hesitancy to transport due to fear of “punitive cesarean section”; 2) delays in reaching care due to distance from the hospital or fractured collaborations with Emergency Medical Services; and 3) delays in receiving care once arriving at the hospital due to fear, poor inter-professional communication, blaming and shaming.

We hope you will join MANA and NACPM to hear this important information and participate in the discussion that will follow.

Date: Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018
Time: 1:30 - 3:00pm ET

Submit a Poster to MANA 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 12:15am to Monday, July 30, 2018 - 11:45pm


Invitation to Submit
MANA is accepting submissions for poster presentations for the MANA 2018 Conference. The annual poster session at the MANA conference is hosted by the MANA Division of Research. For your poster to be considered, please complete the application form by July 30, 2018. You will be notified by August 30, 2018 if your poster was accepted. Learn more about creating a poster and how to apply here.

Poster Guidelines
Posters must conform to the guidelines outlined in the “MANA Poster Tips & Guidelines” document. This document also provides helpful tips for creating posters and resources to get started. Download the “MANA Poster Tips & Guidelines” document and learn more about the poster session from the conference website here.

Membership Advisory Council March 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

In this meeting of the the MAC, we will discuss the recent fetal mortality review paper and how its findings can influence your clinical practice.

The MAC is held quarterly and it is an opportunity for MANA members to join with board members from MANA to discuss current topics in midwifery, and to give the board suggestions and feedback about how MANA can better serve you.

MANA members can access the call information in the the members-only section, here. (Access to this page requires logging in to the website.)

MANA Board Nominations 2018-2019

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 12:00am to Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 12:00am

Nominations for new board members are now open! Learn more here.