Past Events

A listing of past events of interest to our members.



Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 12:00am to Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 12:00am

This year’s conference theme, SUSTAIN, was inspired by the local crew in Austin, Texas. We are reflecting on the stress (physical, mental, and emotional) that midwives face on a daily basis and the health challenges this stress can lead to. Our social and environmental state is not supportive of optimal, healthful living. So this year we are focusing on self-care for midwives, creating support networks, and discussing sustainable practice styles. Add to that the need for CEUs and folks desire for a deep dive into clinical skills and we have our conference, SUSTAIN!

Vaginal Breech Workshop

Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 7:45am

Vaginal Breech Proficiency by Breech Without Borders

Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 8:00am to Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 8:00am

This is a two-day add-on workshop available throughout the month of October.

Session 1: Rixa Freeze
Evidence on Term Breech Since the 2000 Term Breech Trial

Session 2: Rixa Freeze
Outcomes of community breech birth   

Session 3: Rixa Freeze
Breech maneuvers from 1609 to the present

Session 4: David Hayes
Clinical aspects of physiological vaginal breech birth

Breakfast with the MANA Board

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 9:00am

Join the members of the MANA Board to start the event with a special presentation by singing artist, Kirsten Marion, followed by the MANA Annual Business Meeting.  The board members will each give a brief report to bring you up to date with what they have been doing for you and what they have planned for the coming year.  MANA is all of us and it is important for members to understand all of the recent changes as well as how the board sees the future of the organization.  We are looking forward to sharing both the ups and downs of the past

New York: a Beacon and Shame of Midwifery

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 10:00am

Certified Professional Midwives remain illegal in several states, including New York, where one CPM is currently facing 95 felony charges. From the 1970s through the 1980s, home birth midwives flourished across the state, especially around the Syracuse area. In the early 1990s there was promise of a licensed direct-entry midwife credential that would benefit home birth midwives as well as nurse-midwives, who desired a pathway separate from nursing.

How to Get Back to Naturalistic Midwifery

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 11:30am

"How to Get Back to Naturalistic Midwifery" will explore the many ways in which childbirth has changed over the years. This session will compare practices in natural childbirth with the practices in births where interventions/augmentations have occurred. These comparisons will prove how these practices have led to worse outcomes and increased the cost of health care. This session will also demonstrate how changes in attitudes about birth have affected birth practices as well as how providers have adapted to these changes.

You've Been Served

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 12:30pm

Not a matter of if, it is a matter of when. Midwives must be prepared well before someone comes knocking on their door with papers. This class is about knowing what are common ways midwives can get entangled with the law, resource savaiable to them and helpful steps of what to do if you've been served.

Trauma and Anxiety in Pregnancy

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 3:00pm

Anxiety is an ever-present blight on the lives of many expecting mothers today.  Increasing concerns of adequate resources, fears of birth or problems with baby, negotiating the needs of employers, partner, family, and the new baby can be overwhelming.  Anxiety is a threat to the well-being and happiness of the pregnant woman as well as her baby.  There are biologic and environment causes of anxiety.  Past trauma is a major cause of anxiety in the present.  We will look at how the brain changes after trauma as well as in pregnancy and how these changes can be not on

Chagas Disease: Pregnancy-Based Screening to Benefit Mother and Infant

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 3:00pm

Chagas disease is a parasitic infection caused by Trypanosoma cruzi. Chagas disease is endemic in Mexico, Central America or South America. Approximately 8-10 million people in Latin America and 300,000 people in the United States have Chagas disease. Chagas disease damages the heart and causes approximately 10,000 deaths yearly. Approximately 30,000-45,000 people in the United States have Chagas cardiomyopathy. Most are unaware of the infection and have no symptoms. The common mode of acquiring Chagas disease is vector-borne. Acute infection is often asymptomatic.

Traditional Midwifery: Discussion with Renata Hillman, Sherri Daigle, Sarita Bennett and Tomasina Oliver

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 3:00pm

Renata will lead a discussion on Traditional Midwifery with Sherri Daigle, Sarita Bennett and Tomasina Oliver. Renata was self taught and utilizes the older methods of Naturalistic Midwifery Care.

  1. What did Midwifery look like 100 years ago.
  2. How has Midwifery evolved in the past 25 years.
  3. How do we return to a more Traditional/Naturalistic Midwifery?
  4. What does that mean to our midwifery families?
  5. Where do you get those skills and that wisdom?