WHEREAS midwives exist to serve and support childbearing women and their families, to help achieve their birth plans and to facilitate safe birth; and
WHEREAS MANA’s philosophy is woman-centered and respectful of childbearing women, their families, and their communities; and
WHEREAS MANA recognizes that childbearing women should be involved in the development and maintenance of midwifery policies; and
WHEREAS the goals of Citizens for Midwifery and MANA are compatible and complementary in many areas, including public education and legislation regarding midwifery; and
WHEREAS Citizens for Midwifery encourages women and families to actively advocate for the midwifery model of care and provides information and resources to promote activism; and
WHEREAS the organizational missions of Citizens for Midwifery and MANA together are critical cornerstones to the advancement of midwifery in North America; and
WHEREAS MANA’s mission and goals are strengthened by the support of a national organization of consumer advocates; and
WHEREAS long-term sustainability of Citizens for Midwifery is crucial in promoting midwifery as a national health care policy;
THEREFORE , be it Resolved that —
The Midwives Alliance of North America Board of Directors endorses
Citizens for Midwifery by recommending that:
- MANA members join Citizens for Midwifery; and.
- MANA members work with Citizens for Midwifery to develop an effective grassroots advocacy network; and.
- MANA members encourage their clients to join Citizens for Midwifery.
PRESENTED this Twentieth day of September, in the year Two Thousand and One.