For Researchers

The Midwives Alliance has the largest database on midwife-led births primarily occurring in home or birth center settings in the United States. These datasets include some of the only U.S. data that exists regarding physiologic, low-intervention labor and birth -- data that are becoming more and more rare due to the increase in “routine” interventions in the hospital setting.  The MANA Stats datasets are a source of information on normal lengths of pregnancy and labor, non-pharmacological approaches to pain management, mother-led birth positions, hydrotherapy in labor, and more. These data have been accessed by more than a dozen researchers.

We encourage qualified researchers to apply to access existing datasets! The Division of Research is also accepting applications for prospective studies that include additional fields not currently collected, via customized research modules (which appear along with our standard data-collection instruments). View a demo version of the MANA Stats system at with the username ‘guest’ and password ‘demoguest.’

The Handbook for Researchers, application materials, and further information are available below. Completed forms and additional material must be submitted to theDOR Research Review Committee (RRC) via e-mail at There is a non-refundable $50 application fee. Details are in the Handbook and on the Application Checklist.

Midwifes interested in participating in projects with qualified researchers as a community study team member are invited to participate in the DOR's ConnectMe! Mentorship Program. This program connects midwives with qualified researchers for support and mentorship. Click here to read more about ConnectMe!

The Midwives Alliance Division of Research advocates for Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). CBPR is a collaborative approach in which research takes place in community settings and involves community members in the design and implementation of research projects. Such activities demonstrate respect for the contributions made by community partners and for the principle of “doing no harm” to the communities involved.

For further information about access to data from the MANA Statistics Project, please contact




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