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:

Thank you for your continued support of the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery (FAM). As a supporter, we are writing to inform you about its recent leadership transition before public activities commence. 

On August 3, the board of directors stepped down following discord regarding MANA and FAM's governance. MANA immediately began to source and recruit new board members, and has appointed a stellar group of professionals to usher the organization into 2021. "Our team has been working diligently to ensure a smooth transition to open up communication and transparency with MANA." Lisa Pratt, FAM President, continued, "We are all looking forward to finalizing a strategic plan that continues to move the organization forward." 

Executive Director Tamara Wrenn has guided and advised the new executive officers. “I am committed to working with the new leadership to successfully advance midwifery and the midwifery model, and continue to act as good stewards of the resources entrusted to us by our supporters,” said Wrenn.

 Members include:

  • Lisa Pratt, President
  • D'Anne Graham, Vice-President
  • Jacqueline Sullivan, Treasurer
  • Jennell Lynch, Secretary

Leadership will continue to carry out the mission of FAM to improve maternal and child health by funding projects that advance midwifery as the gold standard for North American maternity care through research, public education, advocacy, and health equity initiatives. We will continue to support organizations that center equity, racial justice, movement building, and midwifery. 

It is essential that we continue to cultivate a board representing the communities we serve. We welcome recommendations for additional board members. If you have any concerns or questions about the transition, please reach out to Lisa Pratt, (202) 491-4935.

Thank you for your continued support of our mission.


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