Division of Access & Equity

The Access and Equity Committee is a new MANA initiative to address systemic issues impacting midwifery and those seeking midwifery care. "Access" and "equity" are both words that capture the essence of this work: access = the right or opportunity to use or benefit from something; equity = the quality of being fair and impartial. As a midwife, you know that the right or opportunity to use or benefit from midwifery has not been fair or impartial. This is true for many, layered reasons:

  • state laws criminalize some forms of midwifery;
  • state scope of practice laws make it hard to practice the midwifery model of care;
  • insurance companies don’t include midwives as covered providers;
  • insurance commissions interpret "adequate networks" without considering midwives or place of birth;
  • state agencies regulate midwives using an obstetric model not made for midwifery;
  • federal grants and loans for education aren’t available for all midwifery educational paths.

The list could certainly go on, and each of these issues is compounded by how the right or opportunity to use or benefit from a wide range of things has not been fair or impartial when it comes to race, class, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, gender expression, region, language, and more. This is the intersection where the Division of Access and Equity works.

People of Access and Equity

Individual projects often benefit from the inclusion of diverse people and organizations. At the center of every project are the people of the Division of Access and Equity .

Elephant Circle

MANA has established a strategic partnership with Elephant Circle with the goal of charting a course for a stronger and more diverse political base for physiologic birth and access to the midwifery model.

Dignity Birth Campaign

The Dignity Birth Campaign is a global initiative to bring back justice, compassion and healing for midwives.

Position Statement on Gender Inclusive Language

Elephant Circle applauds MANA and the revised core competencies as they take a pioneering step in recognizing gender fluidity during pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.

Project Implicit

Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition - thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet.

Beyond Whiteness

Beyond Whiteness is a web resource founded in San Francisco in 2012. The website contains dozens of videos, articles, booklists, and documentaries related to understanding and dismantling white privilege and racism as well as links to other organizations, trainings, and events.

How to Find and Afford a Lawyer

If you are accused of a crime, the U.S. Constitution guarantees you the right to be represented by a lawyer in any case in which you could be incarcerated for six months or more. State constitutions may guarantee that right for lesser crimes. People do not have a right to a free lawyer in civil legal matters. Several “legal aid” programs offer inexpensive or free legal services to those in need.

 

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