MANA Division of Research

The mission of the Midwives Alliance Division of Research (DOR) is to increase the capacity for and dissemination of rigorous research and innovation in maternal-infant health. In particular, the DOR aims to facilitate research on the characteristics and outcomes of midwifery care, physiologic birth practices, and place of delivery. To achieve these goals the members of the DOR are engaged in several initiatives:

The DOR maintains the MANA Statistics Registry, a perinatal registry of maternal and infant health data from midwife-led births. Midwives have obtained consent from childbearing families across North America to provide detailed information about their maternity care. Participating midwives can use the information to track and evaluate their own practice statistics. Researchers can access the de-identified datasets to study the process and outcomes of midwifery care, physiologic birth, and place of delivery. The Midwives Alliance has the largest dataset on midwife-led births primarily occuring in home or birth center settings in the United States. 

The DOR reports nationwide benchmarking statistics from the MANA Stats Registry to assist participating midwives to assess their own practice outcomes within the context of national perinatal data. Comparing, or "benchmarking" one's statistics to a larger sample of similar providers is a critical step in continuous quality assurance and quality improvements.

The Division of Research is engaged in several projects and facilitates research. Read more here

Are you a state-level advocate or policy maker considering using MANA stats for legislative or regulatory midwifery data collection and/or reporting? Please review this guidance.

MANA Stats

MANA Stats is a project of the Division of Research of the Midwives Alliance of North America, an organization inclusive of all forms of midwifery.  Midwives Alliance midwives have been collecting their statistics for research purposes since the 1990s.  The MANA Statistics Project (MANA Stats) online data collection was launched in November 2004 and continues today.

News and Articles from MANA DOR

People of the DOR

The DOR is comprised of a group of clinicians, academics, research and policy experts, and database developers who share the desire to increase knowledge about midwifery care and help midwives become more fluent in conducting research, critically appraising the available data, and incorporating t

Projects & Research

The DOR is currently working on a series of projects designed to increase the capacity for, and dissemination of, rigorous research and innovation in maternal-infant health and midwifery care.

Homebirth Safety

Critical Appraisal of the Literature

HOME BIRTH: An annotated guide to the literature ©

Authors: Saraswathi Vedam, Laura Schummers, Kathrin Stoll, Colleen Fulton

Last updated:  Sept 2012

Online Research Resources

Translating research for midwives and families

Translating Research for Families and Midwives




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