There's more to #MANACAM17 than plenaries and breakout sessions! From meditation to business meeting to dancing, there's always something interesting happening. Check back here for more information on the extra events we have planned.
National Queer and Trans Birth Workers Convening: Challenging Barriers, Taking Space
The National Queer and Trans Birth Workers Convening: Challenging Barriers, Taking Space will kick off the annual conference! This convening will happen at the conference hotel on Wednesday, November 1st from 2:00pm - 6:00pm with an informal dinner to follow.
The convening is open to all LGBTQIA and gender non-conforming birth workers and folks who are interested in birth support. The event is meant to be a space for queer, trans and gender non-conforming folks to build community, expand possibilities, and help each other break down barriers to access and care and navigate the unique challenges we face.
In order to support this work now and in the future, we’re asking for a sliding scale donation of $20 to register. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Allies of the community who would like to support the convening please make a donation. All funds will be used to directly fund this year’s National Queer and Trans Birth Workers Convening and any work that grows out of it.
FAM Fundraiser: Get On the Boat!
Come join in the fun with the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery (FAM) and the Midwives Alliance (MANA) for a beautiful evening cruise on Long Beach Harbor. We will set sail on the "Harbor Breeze" at 7:00pm on Friday, November 3rd.
Enjoy good company for music and dancing while looking out on the spectacular city of Long Beach lit up at night. We will also be honoring some special people, a doctor and a midwife who are esteemed for their work in the local birthing community (names to be announced soon). This fund-raising event will benefit both FAM and MANA and the important work they do towards increasing access to midwifery care through education, research, public policy and promoting equity in maternity care.
We leave from 100 Aquarium Dock Way, please arrive at 6:30pm. Tickets are $100 per person, including the boat ride, finger food, and fun. Cash bar on board. Space is limited so order your tickets early!
MANA Dance Party
A highlight of every MANA conference - let your hair down and dance with your favorite midwives. We'll dance to the music of band No Small Children - rockin chicks by night, school teachers by day. "Three teachers walk into a bar, onto the stage, plug their instruments in and then… they melt your face." Saturday evening in the Ball Room.
ReproJustice Village Unschool
How might the reproductive justice movement create a more supportive space for its parents through involving their children in our work with intention?
This is the question that Jasmine Burnett asked herself and explored at the start of her CoreAlign Generative Fellowship. At the close of her fellowship, she landed with a purpose to launch a ReproJustice Village Unschool that supports parents who are leaders in our work by cultivating the personal learning journey of their families through the Reproductive Justice framework. As a self-proclaimed "Radical ReproJustice Teacher" she has developed a curricula that allows Movement Kids to bring their full selves to a space that explores Reproductive Justice through wonder, art, creativity and expression. She is thrilled to prototype her ReproJustice Village Unschool curriculum at the Midwives Alliance of North America conference!
Each day will have a focus where the Radical ReproJustice Teacher will provide guidance and support, and the Movement Kids will self-direct their learning. The first day will focus on building community through culture and art, and will end with the Movement Kids naming their village. At the close of the first day, there will be homework focused on a shared learning method where Movement Kids will talk to their parents about what they learned, and parents will share with their children how what they are learning will help them in their movement work. The second day, Movement Kids will teach back what they taught and learned from their parents, and begin production on their creative performance for the closing day. On the closing day, Movement Kids will take up space at the closing plenary to teach the conference attendees about who they are, what they learned, the village they created and how they will share the ReproJustice Village beyond this space with their friends and communities.
The ReproJustice Village Unschool will be accepting applications for Movement Kids ages 5-16 years old. There may be a sliding scale fee for families to make sure as many families that want to participate in the RJ Village Unschool will have access. If you are interested in getting more information about signing up, please contact the Division of Access & Equity here.
What is Reproductive Justice? SisterSong defines Reproductive Justice as the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.