Invitation and General Guidelines for 2019 MANA Abstract Submissions

The MANA Program Committee invites you to submit an abstract for the 37th Annual Midwives Alliance of North America Conference, SUSTAIN, to be held October 31st - November 3rd 2019 in Austin, Texas at Lost Pines Resort.

The Midwives Alliance is committed to fostering a community rooted in respect and cultural humility, and encourages that abstracts submitted are mindful of how the content applies to and impacts people of diverse racial, ethnic, sexual identity, gender, religious, or socioeconomic backgrounds.

The Program Committee is aware that the process of writing abstracts may be a new skill for some presenters. We have volunteers available for questions and assistance from February 15th through March 15th. Please e-mail the CEU coordinator for assistance.

The deadline for submitting an abstract is Friday, March 15, 2019! There will be NO EXTENSIONS.

Don't miss this opportunity to share your knowledge, wisdom, and experience with the MANA Conference.

It is the responsibility of the abstract submitter to read and adhere to the contents of this document.

You are required to submit the following information. Abstracts that are incomplete, late or not consistent with the format will not be considered. The submission of an abstract does not guarantee participation in the program.

All general abstracts submitted for oral presentation must go beyond MEAC/ACNM core competencies or show new learning (new research, new models, etc.) and have appropriate documentation of references. Topics relevant to full-scope clinical midwifery are sought including primary care, evidence-based practice, global health, education, business, and policy that expand on current practice or introduce novel approaches to care. Topics relevant to sustainable midwifery practice are sought including business models, respectful peer review, social and birth justice, or student/preceptor relationships.

We also welcome entry level sessions for a student track which meet MANA Core Competencies but do not qualify for CEUs. We require at least one NARM approved preceptor be present in these sessions. Please email Claudia Breglia for more information on the student track.

Abstract Review Process

Phase 1: Submit on-line

Required information for consideration of your abstract:

  • Complete speaker contact information and credentials for each speaker
  • Choose which track best describes your topic. Tracks include: clinical, education, global, legal, general interest, social justice, research, and arts/multimedia/creative
  • An outline of your proposed session
  • Brief description of your session (200 words max.)
  • Brief biography for each speaker (200 words max.)
  • Cultural safety (200 words max.) 

The Program Committee will begin the review process after the call for abstracts has closed (March 15, 2019). Abstracts are scored on a standardized rubric which includes metrics such as subtance and organization, relevance to conference theme, mission, and vision, knowledge and inclusion of cultural differences and history, adherence to the midwifery model of care, content that goes beyond core competencies, etc.

Phase 2: All submitters will be notified at the end of the selection process regarding acceptance or rejection.

Abstract submitters must adhere to the following rules:

  • MANA reserves the right to cancel a presentation based on noncompliance at any point on any issue. the Committee reserves the right to rescind acceptance and placement of a presentation at any point on any issue. This includes but is not limited to: incomplete submission information, non-return of signed speaker contract within deadline, any presenter changes without prior Committee approval, non-submission of speaker slides, non-registration on appointed conference days, etc, 
  • The individual submitting the abstract is considered the primary contact. All correspondence about the abstract will be emailed to the primary contact person ONLY. The primary contact person is responsible for providing any communication details to the other presenters. Speakers may NOT be added after abstract submission. If it becomes necessary to make a change of speaker, this information will be communicated to the CEU Chairperson.  
  • Under no circumstances may a session be used as a place for direct promotion of a presenter's product, service, or monetary self-interest. Sales pitches disguised as presentations will not be considered. 

Presentation Guidelines

  • All Preconference Workshop sessions will be identified as half day (4 hours) or full day (8 hours). 
  • All Concurrent breakout presentations will run 90 minutes. 
  • Plenary sessions are 50 minutes (plus 10 minutes for questions) or 100 minutes (plus 20 minutes for questions).
  • Poster Presentations: See Poster Guidelines 

General Program Issues

If abstract is accepted, presenter(s) agree to:  

  • All presenters must register to attend the MANA 2019 conference for at least the day of their presentation, including poster presenters.
  • ALL presenters must submit signed presenter agreements.  
  • Presenters will be required to submit their presentation including powerpoint slides, videos, and other media for review by the program committee no later than October 1, 2019
  • Presenters agree to be available to appear any day MANA assigns Concurrent Sessions. Pre-conference sessions are Thursday, October 31, 2019. The general conference is Friday, November 1, 2019 through Sunday, November 3, 2019
  • MANA reserves the right to revise presentation titles, reassign the identified topic area, or edit the program summary for promotional and program materials.  


Plenary and Concurrent Education Sessions

  • Presenters are responsible for their own travel & all expenses related to presentation.  
  • Presenters are eligible for one complimentary conference registration on the day they are speaking.  This is ONLY provided to the primary presenter unless otherwise pre-approved and authorized by MANA in advance.  

Preconference Workshops

  • Presenters are responsible for their own travel & all expenses related to presentation. 
  • MANA splits preconference income with the presenter 50/50 after expenses. 
  • MANA does not duplicate handouts, but will keep the presenter informed in advance of how many participants to anticipate (plus walk-ins) so the presenter can be prepared. 


  • MANA does not provide any form of honoraria for these presentations. 

Note: Concurrent Education Session and Preconference Workshop Presenters are required to make their own reservations at the contracted hotel in their own name. 

Presenter on site responsibilities: 

  • Check in at conference registration desk.
  • Bring PowerPoint presentation on portable storage device (flash, jump, thumb drive). Laptops will be provided for the conference general session and breakout rooms. For preconference sessions, presenters must bring their own laptops. 
  • Check in to session/workshop room 20 minutes prior to start time.