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Board meetings before the conference

Our conference hotel in the setting sun.

The MANA Board hard at work!

And from the other end of the room.

The joint boards of the Midwives Alliance, North American Registry of Midwives, Midwifery Education Accreditation Council, Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery, Citizens for Midwifery, National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, and the International Center for Traditional Childbearing met on Wednesday afternoon before the conference to share reports and discuss future joint work.

The MANA Board on the beach getting ready to practice "Doing the Boardwalk!" L-R: Carmen Quevedo, Trinlie Wood, Tamara Taitt, Gera Simkins, Linda McHale, Diane Holzer, Kelley Daniel, Elizabeth Moore, Maggie Bennett, Pam Dyer Stewart, Sheila Simms Watson, Abby Kinne, Vicki Patsdauter, and Cristina Alonso.

Here's the board in order of length of time each person has been on the board. L-R: Diane Holzer, Abby Kinne, Maggie Bennett, Vicki Patsdauter, Gera Simkins, Linda McHale, Kelley Daniel, Trinlie Wood, Sheila Simms Watson, Elizabeth Moore, Pam Dyer Stewart, Carmen Quevedo, Tamara Taitt, and Cristina Alonso.

Thursday, October 18

The Normal Birth Session speakers!
(photo by Bruce Ackerman)

MANA Committee chairs at the Committe Chair appreciation dinner. L-R: Karen Webster, Christy Tashjian, Nina McIndoe, Carol Nelson, Gera Simkins, Marinah Farrel Valenzuela, Abby Kinne, Bruce Ackerman, Debbie Pulley, Audra Phillips, and Janelle Boyington.
(photo by Debbie Pulley)

Diane and Abby
(photo by Debbie Pulley)

The conference Opening Circle!
(photo by Christina Holmes)

Friday, October 19

MANA President Diane Holzer opened the conference by introducing the MANA Board and sharing information about her over 20 years as a MANA Board member.

Because this is Diane's last conference as a Board member, Abby Kinne and Gera Simkins presented her with a lovely bouquet of her favorite flowers.

Venus Mark gave an inspiring keynote address with a Sankofa, the conference logo, in the foreground.
(photo by Barbara Lahey)

The concept of Sankofa is derived from Adinkra of the Akan people of West Africa. Sankofa is transliterated in the Akan language as “se wo were fi na wosan kofa a yenki.” Literally translated it means “it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot.” Sankofa is used today across the pan-African world to promote the idea that African people must go back to our roots in order to move forward. Visually and symbolically “Sankofa” is expressed as a mythical bird that flies forward while looking backward with an egg (symbolizing the future) in its mouth This symbol was used for our conference to mean that, as midwives, we “must go back to our roots in order to move forward,” without losing what is precious and powerful in birth.

The Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery (FAM) Board presented information about what they have done this year. L-R: BJ Mackinnon, Priya Morganstern, Maggie Bennett, Linda McHale, Michelle Medlin, Karen Webster, and Barbara Lahey (not pictured, Marie Meakin).

Karen shows the new fundraising project "My Grandchild was born with a midwife."

Shafia Monroe, International Center for Traditional Childbirth president, introduced the ICTC board members present.

Saturday, October 20

Imam Mikal H. Shabazz gave the Saturday keynote address.

Before the MANA Business Meeting, Diane Holzer presented Abby Kinne with flowers in appreciation of her almsot 20 years of service to MANA as Abby will be leaving the board in the spring.

During the MANA Business meeting, Elizabeth Moore presented information about the new public education Mothers Naturally campaign.

She unveiled the new web page aimed at women who might not otherwise have thought of midwifery for their birth.

The MANA Division of Research (DOR) presented information about what the DOR has been doing and also some raw data from the statistics MANA has collected for many years. Above Peggy Garland and Suzie Myers started the report. Bruce Ackerman and Ellen Harris Braun completed the report.

MANA Membership Chair Nina McIndoe was presented with a MANA special achievement award for her committee work with MANA.

Ann Geisler, MANA's insurance committee chair, was also presented with a MANA special achievement award for her committee work.

MANA Treasurer Kelley Daniel and Region 5 Rep Elizabeth Moore collected donations to attend a special screening of "The Business of Being Born." Donations received above expenses were given to the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery (FAM).

Sunday, October 21

The MANA Board had lots of fun sharing their version of "Doing the Board Walk" with the attendees at breakfast. Click here to see the performance on YouTube!
(photo by Barbara Lahey)

Makeda Kamara gave the Sunday keynote address.

Gera Simkins (left) and Diane Holzer (right) present the Sapling award to Tammy McKinley (center)

MANA 2007 Sage Femme Venus Mark joined Gera Simkins . . .

. . . to a drumming dance accompanied by these wonderful drummers!
(photo by Debbie Pulley)

Here Ms. Mark receives the Sage Femme award and a cash grant from the Foundation from the Advancement of Midwifery.

Foundation from the Advancement of Midwifery Board members BJ and Priya give the final report of funds raised by FAM during the conference. Attendees loved the new, limited release, FAM tee-shirts, and several offered large donations in order to receive a shirt directly off a Board members' back!

Gera Simkins (MANA Vice President in charge of conferences) and Anne Hirsch (MANA 2007 local coordinator) are excited that the conference is nearly over!

Thanks so much to Nina McIndoe and Candace Robinson who sent me these lovely photos from the closing circle.

(photo by Candace Robinson)

(photo by Nina McIndoe)

(photo by Candace Robinson)

(photo by Nina McIndoe)

(photo by Candace Robinson)

MANA Sister Organizations

Audra Phillips sold a record amount of MANA fundraising items at the MANA table. Here Elizabeth Moore is looking at the new Mothers Naturally messenger bags now available to buy.

Susan Hodges at the Citizens for Midwifery table.

The National Association of Certified Professional Midwives

The Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery shows off their new logo.

BJ Mackinnon, Michelle Medlin, Marie Meakin, and Priya Morganstern, some of the FAM Board members.

The Midwifery Education Accreditation Council table.

My photos of the International Center for Traditional Childbirth exhibit unfortunatly didn't turn out.

The North American Registry of Midwives was represented at the conference with a part of the back of the MANA table, but I didn't get a photo of it.

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