General Information

Welcome to MANA18!


The Midwives Alliance of North America is pleased to be hosting their annual conference this year in South Portland, Maine. Midwives, student midwives, doulas, birth workers, social 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 11, prior to the conference opening that evening.

Save the dates 

Thursday, October 11: Preconference Workshops followed by Opening Ceremonies

Friday, October 12 - Sunday, October 14: Conference 

Monday, October 15: Post Conference Workshop

Registration is open!

Register early for discounted rates! Early bird rates will be available until August 1.

Fees and Refund Policy


Breakfast and lunch are included Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with full registration fee. This year dinner on Friday is also included. There will be space on the registration form to identify any dietary needs and restrictions and to purchase additional meals for guests.

Student Rate

A discounted conference rate is offered to students. To qualify 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.

Find more information on conference registration HERE

2018 Registration Pricing

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

MANA Member: Full Conference $485 $560
MANA Member Student: Full Conference $365 $420
MANA Member: Single Days Fri/Sun $180 Sat $210 Fri/Sun $195 Sat $225
MANA Member Student: Single Days Fri/Sun $135 Sat $165 Fri/Sun $150 Sat $180
Non-Member: Full Conference $545 $645
Non-Member Student: Full Conference $385 $445
Non-Member: Single Days Fri/Sun $195 Sat $225 Fri/Sun $210 Sat $240
Non-Member Student: Single Days Fri/Sun $155 Sat $185 Fri/Sun $170 Sat $200
Midwives of Color
Lottery for Complimentary registration, and
$425 $425
Student Midwives of Color
Lottery for Complimentary registration, and
$350 $350

Travel and lodging not included.


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 August 1. All check payments must be received in New Jersey by September 20 in order to be processed. Those not received by September 20 will be asked to pay on site by credit card. 

Refunds & Cancellation Fees:

A $100 administration fee will be deducted from any registration cancelled before September 15. After September 15, no refunds will be offered unless you are a local New England 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 cancelled prior to September 15. After September 15 no refunds will be made. 

Midwives of Color

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. Recognizing the historical barriers to inclusion of midwives of color, and their integral role in helping US midwifery to grow, the MANA Board of Directors are pleased to offer complimentary and reduced-rate registrations to midwives and students of color. 

If you would like to be considered in the lottery for a complimentary spot, please email the Treasurer with your name, contact information, and whether you are a midwife or student midwife. The deadline to apply for the lottery is July 1, 2018 extended to July 15 and you will be notified by July 25, 2018 if your name was randomly selected to receive a complimentary registration. Please note that travel and hotel are not included in the scholarship. It is for full conference registration only.  

Additionally at #MANA18:

Contact the Registrar to register for either of their workshops

If you are a midwife of color who would appreciate the discounted rate instead of the complimentary rate (for personal preference or because the complimentary spots have been filled), please use this code: 44rqwwdap.

If you are a student midwife of color who would appreciate the discounted rate instead of the complimentary rate (for personal preference or because the complimentary spots have been filled), please use this code: 7ntyzg8rd. 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 of color price.


Speakers (excluding preconference 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 for an accurate headcount, even if it is only the single day they are presenting. Please refer to your speakers contract for information and instructions. Speakers are asked to pay for their CEU packets (if non-member) and any pre-conference workshops they attend.



Scholarships to Midwives Alliance 2018 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 #MANA18 are due July 1. Deadline extended to July 15. Preference will be given to those who have not received a scholarship to attend MANA in the past. Applicants will be notified by July 25.

PDF icon Download ScholarshipApplication2018.pdf (64.24 KB)


Continuing Education Credits: CEUs

The CEU packet will be included with registration for all MANA members for no additional fee. Non-members will pay a $35 fee for their CEU packet.



Group childcare will be provided during conference hours. Guardians may have their children supervised for a session or maybe two (not all day, please). 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 bringing your child to the event and utilizing childcare services, please let us know before October 1 so that we can ensure coverage. Email events here.



Everything You Need to Know to Present a Poster at the MANA 2018 Conference

Why Posters?

The Midwives Alliance welcomes submissions of posters from students and professionals. A poster is created to:

  • disseminate information from an original research project;
  • review best practices or issues in reproductive health, birthing care, or midwifery;
  • communicate an outreach project or initiative;
  • convey a new concept or innovative work in health equity and social justice; and
  • summarize the evidence on a particular clinical practice.  

Posters are displayed at the conference for attendees to view at their leisure. The conference schedule will also include a designated time when presenters will be by their posters to answer questions and interact with attendees. This can be an excellent time to share your enthusiasm and expertise, gain support for an initiative, and receive feedback on your project.

How to Make a Poster

For many, making a conference poster is a new skill. Don’t let that stop you from presenting your poster at MANA 2018! There are lots of resources to help get you started. Learn more by reading the MANA Poster Tips & Guidelines document.

Poster Awards

Beginning in 2014, the Midwives Alliance issues an award for the best poster presentation in each of two categories: student/apprentice poster and graduate/professional poster. Judging is done by members of the MANA Division of Research.

  • In the student/apprentice category, the winning presenter will receive a free year of membership to MANA, and the student’s school and advisor or preceptor and practice will also be recognized.
  • In the graduate/professional research category, the winning presenter will receive a free year of membership to MANA, and the author’s institutional or practice affiliation as well as advisor or preceptor (if applicable) will also be recognized. In addition, the winner will receive a 30-minute phone consultation on the winning project with an experienced researcher from the MANA Division of Research.

Why wait? – Apply now!

If you have an area of expertise, a new model, or a research project that would be of interest to midwives and others involved in birth, please consider sharing what you know with conference attendees by submitting a poster! If you are an attendee at the conference, please make sure to check out the wonderful posters and see what you can learn!

Deadline to submit poster abstracts is: July 30, 2018 Extended to August 31!

MANA Poster Submission Application Form

MANA Poster Tips & Guidelines

Honoring Ellen Harris-Braun The annual poster session at the MANA conference is hosted by the MANA Division of Research. All posters are considered for the Harris-Braun Outstanding Poster Award for Research, which is named after Ellen Harris-Braun, midwife, computer programmer, and researcher extraordinaire. On October 28th, 2016, Ellen passed away from breast cancer. Ellen was the Director of Database Development for the MANA Division of Research and, together with her husband Eric, designed the data collection software for MANA Stats. The Harris-Braun Outstanding Poster Award was founded in Ellen’s honor, and represents the incredible contributions of Ellen and her family to midwifery and birthing families. Please learn more about Ellen’s life here.

Authored by:
Courtney L. Everson, PhD
Director of Research Education
In collaboration with Ellen Harris-Braun, CPM

PDF icon Download MANA-Poster-Tips-and-Guidelines-2018.pdf (127.67 KB)

Special Events

Special Events

There's more to #MANA18 than plenaries and breakout sessions! From yoga to business meeting to dancing, there's always something interesting happening. This year we're excited about:

Opening Ceremony led by Maulian Dana, Katrina Kilroy and Carol Couchie

Honoring Judy Norsigian & Classic Maine Dinner

Contra Dance Saturday Evening

Check the Special Events page for more information on the extra events we have planned.

Hotel and Transportation


Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks


Reserve your room here. (Link updated 9/10/18.)

More information here.


#MANA18's location is served by Portland International Jetport. Southwest, Jet Blue, Delta, United and more fly to Portland. The conference site, the Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, offers a free shuttle to and from the airport.

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