MANA Leadership Update

Thank you for your patience as you have waited for the outcome of the recent deliberations regarding Dr. Sarita Bennett’s continued leadership as Interim President of the Midwives Alliance of North America. As shared by former Vice President Tomasina Oliver, the overwhelming majority of MANA members voted to remove Dr. Bennett from her position at MANA. The current board is acutely aware that we serve at the pleasure of our membership, and the will of the membership was held very much in the forefront during this entire process.

Removing someone from the position of president, however, is an action that requires strict adherence to the processes set out by the MANA Bylaws and the policies and procedures of the organization. Cautiously, with the advice of legal counsel, and with painstaking attention to every possible detail, we are ready to announce the results of that process. Ultimately, it was found that Sarita’s continued leadership was not in the best interests of the organization. Therefore, she was removed as Interim President of the Midwives Alliance of North America.

We appreciated your support as we worked through this challenging time. While this has been a trying chapter in MANA’s history, the future holds the promise of new leadership and a new beginning for MANA and its membership. It is a rebirth of MANA, and as midwives do, we patiently waited for the process to unfold, and we are grateful to have made it through this time of transition. Now, let us join and move forward in solidarity and in hope for a bright future for this organization, seeking to continue MANA’s mission to “unite, strengthen, support and advocate for the midwifery community and to promote educational, economic, and cultural sustainability of the midwifery profession” and MANA's vision of midwifery as a thriving, diverse, autonomous profession in service to families throughout North America!

The board is dedicated to safely piloting the organization through the upcoming elections, but major changes will be suspended until member-elected leadership is in place. We hope you will play a part in this next chapter by ensuring your membership is up to date and participating in the election. All positions open for nomination!

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