Midwives Alliance of North America
In 1982, The Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) was established as a professional organization for midwives. Its stated goal is to unify and strengthen the profession of midwifery, thereby improving the quality of health care for women, babies, and communities.
The organization states that its goals are:
- To expand communication and support among North American midwives
- To form an identifiable and cohesive organization representing the profession of midwifery on a regional, national, and international basis.
- To promote guidelines for the education of midwives and to assist in the development of midwifery education programs
- To promote research in the field of midwifery as a quality health care option
- To promote and support a woman's right to choose her care provider and place of birth
- To promote public education and midwifery advocacy
MANA membership includes midwives and student midwives, other healthcare providers, and families.
Over one-third of MANA's member midwives are certified professional midwives (CPMs), the remainder are certified nurse midwives, certified midwives, state-licensed midwives, traditional midwives, and student/apprentice midwives.
- [www.mana.org "Home page"]. Midwives Alliance of North America. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
- "Issue brief: Certified Professional Midwives in the United States" (PDF). North American Registry of Midwives, Midwifery Education Accreditation Council, National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, Midwives Alliance of North America. June 2008. Retrieved 10 May 2012.