Past Events

A listing of past events of interest to our members.


More Solutions, Less Complaining: Conflict resolution for PEP Preceptor/student relationships

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 3:00pm
  1. Establishing the issue: Currently there is no complaint / resolution process for PEP students and preceptors of PEP students.
  2. What protocols or guidelines have other schools put into place?  
  3. Brainstorm a pathway for PEP students and preceptors to air grievances
  4. Who would be responsible for this process: NARM, MANA?
  5. Establish a work group to help further this process and implement solutions

Nichole Feinauer

Nichole Feinauer began her journey to Midwifery in 2001 as a birth doula attending both home and hospital births in Georgia.

State Leadership Meeting (with Discussion)

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 3:00pm

Wendi Cleckner, LM, CPM, JD

Wendi is a desert child at heart, born and raised on the Arizona clay. In 1993 she helped a friend through her birth of her first child and felt a passion to devote her life to moms and babies.

Breakfast with the Board Open Forum

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 9:00am

Open Forum is a follow up to the Annual Business Meeting, as always. It is an opportunity for members to give feedback to the board about what was presented in the business meeting and to speak on any important organizational or professional topic.  To stay in compliance with Open Forum policies, the speaker is expected to state their name, place of practice, membership status and limit their comments to 2 minutes.  If the speaker would like to speak again on a topic, they are expected to wait until all others have also taken their opportunity to speak.  This is an important event that keeps the membership voice front and center which is essential to a membership organization like the Midwives Alliance of North America.  The MANA Board looks forward to hearing your voice.


MANA Board

Read more about the Board, job descriptions and members HERE

Physiologic Vaginal Breech

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 10:00am

This lecture documents a physiological approach to vaginal breech birth: upright birth with mother and baby actively participating in the process. This biodynamic method combines gravity, maternal movement, and a baby assisting in its own birth to create optimal conditions for a successful vaginal breech birth.

A discussion of the key principles of physiologic birth; resent studies documenting how upright breech birth leads to shorter labors, fewer birth injuries, fewer maternal injuries, and fewer maneuvers compared to supine breech birth; and 10 steps of physiological birth.

I will demonstrate how what we see on the outside tells us what’s happening on the inside.


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Rixa Freeze, PhD

Dr. Rixa Freeze has a PhD in American Studies from the University of Iowa.

Fetal Auscultation in Labor: When to Pay Attention

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 11:30am

Karen Strange offers midwives a new way to think about Fetal Heart Tones (FHT). She teaches how to accurately listen to FHTs, and identifies when to listen more. Karen breaks down the ominous signs and flags to watch for during labor. Then takes us through a few labor stories with examples. And as always, Karen teaches in her no-nonsense way while instilling clarity and confidence, that you can apply immediately to your practice.

Karen Strange

Karen H. Strange is a Certified Professional Midwife (1996), American Academy of Pediatrics/Neonatal Resuscitation Program Instructor (1992).

Panel: Black Maternal Mental Health

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 12:30pm

Tomasina with panel including Dr. Kimberly Sanders, Dr. Sal Corbin, Bri Mobley, Weluna Finley

Tomasina's discussion with our experts will touch on "the health state of the mind and it's processes for women of childbearing age" (and other definitions of black maternal mental health). Our discussion will further look at stressors, trauma and influences that impact black maternal mental health and in bringing awareness to the masses. We will ask if there are solutions that can yield a more hopeful, positive outcome as we look into these disparities.

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Thomasina Oliver, DEM, LM, CPM, HHC

Tomasina Oliver, DEM, LM, CPM, HHC

MANA Vice President

Began exploring her interests in Natural Healing Arts and Complementary Medicine as a Midwife after the home birth of her first child in 1993.

Robust Research through Statistics

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 3:00pm

Much of the research around maternal and fetal health is conducted by physicians. However, midwives should feel equally empowered to own their data and shape the scientific story developing from that research. Developing skills that enable midwives to conduct and publish scientific manuscripts has the potential to change the established science surrounding birth and labor. In this interactive session, delegates will develop their understanding of quantitative data distributions, create a flowchart as a learning aid for selecting the most appropriate statistical approach, and implement best practices for reporting statistical results.

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Marieke Jones, PhD

Marieke Jones works for the University of Virginia’s Health Sciences Library where she teaches statistics and programming to researchers, clinicians, and students.

The Science of Safety and Trauma - Specific Approaches to Improve Birth Outcomes: What Does It Mean for the Midwife?

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 3:00pm

Welcoming a child into one’s life with pregnancy and childbirth is a “threshold moment” for everyone involved. As practitioner, the continuity of care you provide, the space that you create and the quality of relationship you establish with birthing parents are all tools to for better outcomes. Doulas, midwives, maternal health specialists, obstetricians and others who attend pregnant and birthing families know that their presence means a lot in the process, whether it is explicitly named or not.

The science of safety is about recognizing the ways people feel safe on every level, implicitly and explicitly. This talk will present this science, often called the polyvagal theory, and help craft ways for professionals to better support birthing families based on knowing a unique map of the autonomic nervous system for each family. This understanding will help professionals create more resilience for birthing parents, and improve birth outcomes in the short and long term.


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Kate White is an award-winning prenatal and perinatal educator and an advanced bodyworker.  She is trained in somatic therapies, prenatal and perinatal health, lactation, brain development, in

Rise of the Traditional Community Midwife

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 3:00pm

Tomasina Oliver, DEM, LM, CPM, HHC with Shafia Monroe (Discussion)

  1. How much time has Shafia invested in birth work and when did it begin.
  2. Defining Traditional Community Midwifery
  3. What is your vision for how/why SMC Doula Training exists and how that relates to The Rise of the Traditional Community Midwife?
  4. The importance of our Elders and Matriarchs "passing torches" to the next birth leaders
  5. What thoughts would You, Shafia want to share about black maternal mental health; especially with all that is happening right now within our communities
Shaifa Monroe

Shafia M Monroe

Shafia M. Monroe is a renowned midwife, doula trainer, motivational speaker, and cultural competency trainer. Shafia has been “Birthing CHANGE” all her life.

Thomasina Oliver, DEM, LM, CPM, HHC

Tomasina Oliver, DEM, LM, CPM, HHC

MANA Vice President

Began exploring her interests in Natural Healing Arts and Complementary Medicine as a Midwife after the home birth of her first child in 1993.

Balancing the Business of Midwifery

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 3:00pm

Renata with Sherri Daigle, CPM, LM, MSW will be discussing how to start and maintain your profession as a Midwife and your Business for the long run.

Talk Points:

  1. Start up: Training (self, online, MEAC, college/Mentors/PR)
  2. Your Practice: Solo/Partner/Group, Office or home, Birth center/hospital/home births
  3. Paperwork: Charts, Contracts, Insurance
  4. Boundaries: How many births? Office days and hours? On-call?
  5. Self-care: Helpers, vacations, time off, restrictions

Renata Hillman, CPM

MANA Secretary

Renata lives in southern Mississippi. She is Mother to 3 children; the last, her daughter, was born at home. She has 5 precious Grandchildren; she was honored to catch 4 at home.

Sherri Daigle

Sherri Daigle, LM, CPM, MSW

Sherri Daigle has been a midwife for 35 years.