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MANA-RISE2020 Online Conference Starts Tomorrow!

Title: MANA-RISE2020 Online Conference Starts Tomorrow!

RISE2020 – Sharing Your Voice at Open Forum

The learning curve for creating an online conference offering has been steep over the past few months.  It’s been a balance of bringing along the reasons for having an annual conference in the first place while adapting to the freedoms – and limitations – of today’s technology.

State Leadership Discussion at RISE2020

Dear State Leaders:

Bridge Certificate CEUs at RISE2020

MANA Conference RISE 2020 is pleased to offer sessions with continuing education units including these listed below which also qualify for NARM’s Midwifery Bridge Certificate. NARM’s Midwifery Bridge Certificate is awarded to applicants who have reached 50 accredited approved continuing education contact hours (CEUs/CMEs/CNEs) within the five-year period prior to application. Required continuing education will be based upon identified areas to address emergency skills and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) competencies.

MANA Welcomes the New FAM Board

Thank You MANA Members for your resilience and support of the oldest traditional Midwifery organization in North America! Since 1995, the Midwives Alliance of North America and the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery have worked together in partnership to build Midwifery. MANA welcomes the new FAM board and we look forward to continuing the work of supporting midwifery together. Thank You FAM for sharing this letter:

MANA and FAM Joint Statement on ICE Sterilizations


The recent allegations of forced hysterectomies in ICE detention centers is the most recent entry in the United States’ long history of racist, coercive reproductive abuse. Overwhelmingly, the victims of these atrocities have been poor women and women of color. 

MANA at the 5th Annual Carolina Birth Junkies' Retreat

Sarita Bennett, MANA President and Renata Hillman, MANA Secretary were off to South Carolina in August to attend the Carolina Birth Junkies' 5th Annual Retreat. What a Blast!!!!

It was attended by over 25 midwives plus others. The sessions were great! Lots of learning, great sharing, and new relationships forged.

RISE 2020 Updates

COVID 19 remains a part of our daily lives, interrupting school years, workloads, and travel options. Extremism, violence, and chaos dominate the media. Everything is changing.

As summer ends and MANA’s first online conference approaches, the MANA board is grateful to have been able to partner with Gold Learning to create this opportunity. Midwives need continuing education and they need community with each other – those two values were made clear in last year’s survey. We hope that you will join us and give feedback so that we can improve future offerings.

RISE - MANA2020 Registration is Live!

MANA #RISE2020 is an online conference produced by the Midwives Alliance of the North America on the GOLD Learning platform. The Pre-recorded pre-conference Workshop by Breech Without Borders is a two-day offering that is eligible for 12 CEUs and will be available throughout the month of October with additional availability through November for those who also register for the live conference. The live conference will be held on October 27 and 28, 2020, and will include 10 CEU eligible presentations and 6 interactive discussion options.

Interview with Sarita Bennett, MANA President - The Safety of Midwifery and Community Birth

Requests for interviews have become a regular occurrence at MANA since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic with reporters interested in exploring the increased numbers of people choosing home birth.  Sarita, MANA’s president, is committed to taking the midwifery message beyond the limited “preaching to the choir” and has been interviewed by a variety of media outlets ranging from the New York Times and Business Insider to the Christian Science Monitor.  In this recorded interview, Sarita speaks with Gary Baumgarten on Fox News Radio about the safety of midwifery and community b