General Information

Familiarize yourself with the event’s full details in the print program here.
Safe travels and we look forward to seeing you in Austin!

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Meals


Lunch is included Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with full registration fee. There will be space on the registration form to identify any dietary needs and restrictions and to purchase additional meals for guests at MANA's cost. Conference attendees do not need to purchase lunch for themselves.

Click here to discover your many breakfast and dinner options at Lost Pines Resort and Spa.

Roommates


Connect with a roommate! Find a roommate on the MANA Conference Facebook page or contact April Mellito for assistance locating a room share.

Student Rate


We encourage all students to be members of MANA! To qualify for the discounted student rate, you must be actively involved in an apprenticeship with a practicing midwife or be attending midwifery school. A letter from your preceptor or school stating this relationship must be sent to the conference registrar when you submit your registration otherwise you will be charged the full midwife price.

MANA Membership Discount


Remember to renew your membership or join MANA now to qualify for reduced member-only rates!  As an additional benefit MANA members do not pay extra for their CEU packet, saving $35.

Find more information on conference registration HERE

2019 Registration Pricing


Member rates include CEU packet. CEUs for non members $35

REGISTRATION TYPE EARLY BIRD FEE (ENDS JULY 15 Aug 1) REGULAR FEE
MANA Member: Full Conference $468 $540
Student: Full Conference $358 $413
Non-Member: Full Conference $550 $635
Non-member Student: Full Conference $412 $476
Midwives of Color: Full Conference $396 $457
     
MANA Member: Single Day $164 $189
Non-Member: Single Day $195 $225
Student: Single Day $127 $146
Non-member Student: Single Day $146 $169
Midwives of Color: Single Day $140 $162
     

Travel and lodging not included.

Payments:

Update! Payment can be made securely online with a credit card, or mailed in by check. Please note that checks for the Early Bird rate must be postmarked by July 15 August 1, 2019. All check payments must be received in New Jersey by October 15 in order to be processed. Those not received by October 15 will be asked to pay on site by credit card. 

Refunds & Cancellation Fees:

A $100 administration fee will be deducted from any registration canceled before October 15. After October 15, no refunds will be offered unless you are an Austin area midwife who is called away to a birth while you are on-site. Should you be called away, please inform the registrar when you leave the property and we will make arrangements with you after the event.

Cancellations to Pre-Conference Workshops will result in a $25 cancellation fee if canceled prior to September 15. After September 15 no refunds will be made. 

Midwives of Color & Native and Indigenous Midwives


MANA believes that the most enriching and educational conferences include people from diverse backgrounds, and for midwifery to thrive we need to hear the perspectives of midwives from all communities. We offer reduced-rate registrations to Midwives of Color and Native and Indigenous Midwives in recognition of the integral role they play in growing US midwifery, and due to the historical barriers to inclusion. Please see the registration information page for the discount code if you would like to take advantage of this below conference cost offering.

Speakers


Speakers (excluding pre- and post-conference workshop presenters) are offered complimentary registration on the day they are presenting, and charged a prorated single day rate for any additional days (at the Member or Non-Member rate, as appropriate.) Speakers are asked to please register for ALL days on site to ensure an accurate headcount, even if it is only the single day they are presenting. Please refer to your speaker contract for information and instructions. Speakers are asked to pay for their CEU packets (if non-member) and any pre-conference workshops they attend.

Welcome to #MANA19!

#MANA19 - SUSTAIN


The Midwives Alliance of North America is pleased to be hosting our annual conference this year in Austin, Texas. Midwives, student midwives, doulas, birth workers, social and birth justice advocates and consumers are all welcome to participate. Attend for the duration of the event, or choose to be there for a day. Half- and full-day preconference workshops will take place on Thursday, October 31, prior to the conference opening that evening, with special full-day pre and post-conference offerings on Wednesday, October 30 and Monday, November 4.

Save the dates 

Wednesday, October 30: Integrative Resuscitation of the Newborn (NRP) with Karen Strange

Thursday, October 31: Preconference Workshops followed by Opening Ceremonies

Friday, November 1 - Sunday, November 3: Conference 

Monday, November 4: Post Conference Workshops

Registration opens in May!

Register early for discounted rates! Early bird rates will be available.

Scholarships

Scholarships


Scholarships to Midwives Alliance 2019 Conference

The MANA Board of Directors with support from the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery (FAM) awards registration scholarships to attend our annual conference. Scholarship applications for #MANA19 are due July 1. Preference will be given to those who have not received a scholarship to attend MANA in the past. Applicants will be notified by July 10. Apply online here or download the application and mail it to:

Midwives Alliance Scholarship
PO Box 373
Montvale, NJ 07645

PDF icon Download ScholarshipApplication2019.pdf (66.95 KB)

Work Study


In addition to the registration scholarship program, MANA is also offering a limited number of work study opportunities for people who need volunteer hours to meet a school requirement, or simply would benefit from a rebate on their conference registration fees. If you are able to volunteer in the childcare room for any three hours of time please email Dionne Corcoran. You will be asked to register and pay fully in advance of the event and will receive a $50 coupon to the MANA exhibit table or $35 refunded to conference fees.

CEUs

Continuing Education Credits: CEUs


MANA has applied for MEAC and ACNM CEUs for all sessions as well as approval for the Midwifery Bridge Certificate. Sessions that have been approved for Bridge Certificate are noted with an asterisk on the schedule, with their category identified in the course description. If you would like to recieve CEUs, please check the box on registration form. The CEU packet will be included with registration for all MANA members for no additional fee. Non-members can choose to recieve a CEU packet for $35.

To receive CEUs, you must complete and online evaluation for each session by December 6. Instructions for accessing and completing the online evaluations will be given at the conference.

Childcare

Childcare


MANA encourages conference attendees to bring their families to enjoy the beautiful Lost Pines Resort. In addition to activities offered by the resort, MANA will provide group childcare during conference sessions. The service is free — donations are appreciated. Parents will be asked to sign a liability waiver in order to participate, and to be immediately responsive if called back by the care provider. If you are considering utilizing childcare services, please let us know before October 25 so that we can ensure coverage. Email events here.

Area Events

Formula 1 US Grand Prix


International drivers will be in Austin November 1 - 3 to compete in the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas track, for a weekend-long celebration of speed and sound featuring electrifying performances from P!nk and Imagine Dragons. 

 

More Austin Happenings during #MANA19


More fun for the whole family during #MANA19! View the Austin Events Calendar for more information on the Dia de los Muertos fireworks and celebration, Austin City Orchestra Halloween Children's Concert, Fossil Fest, Celtic Festival and more!

Hotel and Transportation

Transportation


#MANA19's location is served by Austin-Bergstrom Airport (AUS). All major airlines as well as discount airlines serve Austin. The conference site, Lost Pines Resort and Hotel, does not have a shuttle to and from the airport.

Connect via the Facebook event page here for ride-sharing and accommodation cost-sharing.

Dionne Corcoran is coordinating local volunteers who are providing rides from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Lost Pines Resort & Spa for Wednesday (10/30) and Thursday (10/31) arrivals. If you need a ride or would like to provide one, please email Dionne with inquiries and to sign up.

MANA will create a car pool sign up sheet on Sunday to assist with airport returns, but other ride coordinating efforts will be up to you. 

Hotel


Lost Pines Resort and Spa

Reserve your room at the group rate here

Book by October 10 to receive the group rate - but don't wait until the last minute because Formula One Racing is in town, and rooms will sell out fast!

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Bring the whole family to #MANA19! Lost Pines Resort and Spa includes kid friendly activities day and night in your resort fee. Enjoy the adult pool and hot tub, mini water park, or tube down the lazy river. Read why Lost Pines Resort and Spa is a favorite family getaway at TravelingMom.com here

In addition to Resort activities, you and your family can go horseback riding, kayak the Colorado River, and hike or take a zip-line through nearby McKinney Roughs Nature Park. 

Focus on relaxation and self-care in Spa Django's private hot tub, sauna, and steam room, or use your conference discount for a massage or mani-pedi.

Join us at #MANA19!

Access for People with Disabilities


We will do our best to accommodate the needs of people who require special access. Between hotel staff and conference staff we look forward to assuring needs are met. To request assistance onsite, please go to the registration desk.

Exhibits and Sponsorships

Sponsor, Advertise or Exhibit: choose the opportunity that suits your brand's needs and budget!


#MANA2019 - SUSTAIN

Showcase your products or services to a valuable targeted audience at the 2019 Midwives Alliance of North America Conference.

This year we have lowered the fees for your SUSTAINABILITY! We anticipate over 200 attendees comprised of midwives, nurses, physicians, childbirth educators, doulas, parents, midwifery students, childbirth advocates and birth center administrators. Supporting their work as a conference sponsor, exhibitor, or advertiser offers an opportunity to connect with the birth community and gain valuable exposure and recognition for your brand. Sponsorship, advertising, and exhibiting packages may be customized to meet your marketing objectives.

Apply online here!

See below to download the Marketing Prospectus, Exhibit Rules & Regulations and Marketing Application PDFs. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

The exhibits area is located directly adjacent to the ballroom and meeting rooms, offering excellent exposure to attendees. The conference opening is Thursday evening, with exhibits officially opening at that time. Following the opening ceremony, we will host a reception for exhibitors. Please note that each of the three conference days includes a break dedicated to exhibits.

Set-up is Thursday, Oct 31, 2:00pm - 6:00pm with exhibits running through Sunday, Nov 3.

For complete details, download the Marketing Prospectus below. You need not be present to support the Midwives! Become a sponsor or advertiser.

Shipping Address:

Hold For Guest: (Guest Company Name) (Guest Name) (Guest Cell Number)
c/o Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort
575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road
Cedar Creek, TX  78612
(MANA Conference, Oct 31 - Nov 3, 2019)
Box _____of _______
 
 
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