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Rise 2020 MANA Online Conference

MANA #RISE2020 is an online conference produced by the Midwives Alliance of North America hosted by GOLD Learning.
The live conference was held on October 27 and 28, 2020, and includes 10 CEU eligible presentations.

$150.00 USD
Total CE Hours: 10.00   Access Time: 8 Weeks  
Lectures in this bundle (10):
Duration: 60 mins
The Science of Safety and Trauma Specific Recognition to Improve Birth Outcomes: What Does It Mean for the Midwife?

Kate White is and award-winning craniosacral and massage therapist, prenatal and early childhood educator. She is trained in somatic therapies, prenatal and perinatal health, lactation, brain development, infant mental health, and has specialized in mother-baby dyad care using somatic prevention and trauma healing approaches for nearly 20 years. She is a mother of two children, holds a BA and MA in Communication, is a Registered Craniosacral Therapist in the Biodynamic Craniosacral method and a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. Her work combines somatic therapy with brain development to help give families with babies and small children the best possible start. She is Founding Director of Education for the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health from 2013 – 2018 where she managed a large online educational program for professionals. She currently co-directs this program, administering an online program for parents and parent professionals, runs a private practice and offers her own seminars through the Center for Prenatal and Perinatal Programs,

Objective 1: List the three organizational principles of nervous system development in the science of safety.

Objective 2: Describe nervous system adaptional states related to trauma as identified in polyvagal theory.

Objective 3: Discuss tools based on the science of safety to help birthing families and improve birth outcomes.


Welcoming a child into one’s life with pregnancy and childbirth is a “threshold moment” for everyone involved. As practitioner, the continuity of care you provide, the space that you create and the quality of relationship you establish with birthing parents are all tools to for better outcomes. Doulas, midwives, maternal health specialists, obstetricians and others who attend pregnant and birthing families know that their presence means a lot in the process, whether it is explicitly named or not. The science of safety is about recognizing the ways people feel safe on every level, implicitly and explicitly. This talk will present this science, often called the polyvagal theory, and help craft ways for professionals to better support birthing families based on knowing a unique map of the autonomic nervous system for each family. This understanding will help professionals create more resilience for birthing parents, and improve birth outcomes in the short and long term.

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Duration: 60 mins

Marieke Jones works for the University of Virginia’s Health Sciences Library where she teaches statistics and programming to researchers, clinicians, and students. She is passionate about helping people improve their quantitative skills and she provides consultations with a variety of researchers, assisting them in ensuring they understand and apply best practices in data analysis, data visualization, and reporting results. Prior to her position at UVA, she earned her PhD in Environmental Science conducting her dissertation research on reproductive physiology and endocrinology of endangered species with the Smithsonian.

Objective 1: List types of variables.

Objective 2: Describe the distributional shapes that quantitative data can take.

Objective 3: Discuss which statistical approach most closely fits a given research question.


Much of the research around maternal and fetal health is conducted by physicians. However, midwives should feel equally empowered to own their data and shape the scientific story developing from that research. Developing skills that enable midwives to conduct and publish scientific manuscripts has the potential to change the established science surrounding birth and labor. In this interactive session, delegates will develop their understanding of quantitative data distributions, create a flowchart as a learning aid for selecting the most appropriate statistical approach, and implement best practices for reporting statistical results.

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Duration: 60 mins

Dr. Rixa Freeze has a PhD in American Studies from the University of Iowa. Her doctoral studies focused on the history of healthcare and medicine with specialization in pregnancy, childbirth, and maternity care. Her dissertation examined why women in North America choose unassisted home births. She worked as a visiting assistant professor for 9 years at Wabash college. Her current research interests include human rights in childbirth, autonomy and informed consent, and vaginal breech birth.

She has published two articles about home birth: “Staying Home to Give Birth: Why Women in the United States Choose Home Birth” (JMWH 2009) and “Attitudes Towards Home Birth in the USA” (Expert Review of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2010). She recently published the article “Breech birth at home: Outcomes of 60 breech and 109 cephalic planned home and birth center births” with BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth. In 2019 she published an article about outcomes of breech at home, birth centers, and hospitals (Midwifery Today) and a book chapter “Freebirth in the United States” in the 2020 book Birthing Outside the System: The Canary in the Coal Mine.

Dr. Freeze is the founder and president of Breech Without Borders, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to breech training, education, and advocacy. She also blogs at Stand and Deliver (

Objective 2: Summarize the benefits of breech birth in an upright position, compared to supine

Objective 2: List the 10 mechanisms of spontaneous upright breech birth

Objective 3: Identify the mechanisms in action (while watching breech birth videos)


This lecture documents a physiological approach to vaginal breech birth: upright birth with mother and baby actively participating in the process. This biodynamic method combines gravity, maternal movement, and a baby assisting in its own birth to create optimal conditions for a successful vaginal breech birth. A discussion of the key principles of physiologic birth; resent studies documenting how upright breech birth leads to shorter labors, fewer birth injuries, fewer maternal injuries, and fewer maneuvers compared to supine breech birth; and 10 steps of physiological birth. I will demonstrate how what we see on the outside tells us what’s happening on the inside.

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Duration: 60 mins
Sherri Daigle, LM, CPM, MSW
Trauma and Anxiety in Pregnancy
U.S.A. Sherri Daigle, LM, CPM, MSW

Sherri Daigle has been a midwife for 35 years. Helping legalize midwifery in her home state of Louisiana, she was active in helping to pass legislation, and create midwifery practice and birth center regulation. She has taught midwifery at college level, as well as working as preceptor. She has worked tirelessly in home birth and birth center settings. She helped to create Louisiana’s first accredited birth center. Sherri has six wonderful children, and 4 grandchildren she enjoys spending time with. Currently she is working in a quiet home birth practice. She has watched midwifery grow from a homespun art to a respected profession, and is still amazed at the creative power of women through the lifespan.

Objective 1: List risk factors and symptoms of trauma and anxiety.

Objective 2: Describe brain changes in pregnancy and after trauma/

Objective 3: Discuss how to help women with anxiety using simple tools and information .

U.S.A. Sherri Daigle, LM, CPM, MSW

Anxiety is an ever-present blight on the lives of many expecting mothers today. Increasing concerns of adequate resources, fears of birth or problems with baby, negotiating the needs of employers, partner, family, and the new baby can be overwhelming. Anxiety is a threat to the well-being and happiness of the pregnant woman as well as her baby. There are biologic and environment causes of anxiety. Past trauma is a major cause of anxiety in the present. We will look at how the brain changes after trauma as well as in pregnancy and how these changes can be not only survived, but mom can learn to thrive in spite of anxiety.

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Duration: 60 mins
How to get back to Naturlistic Midwifery

Maria Milton is a midwife from the state of Florida. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in biology/PreMed from Florida A&M University and she is a licensed laboratory technician. Maria has been practicing as a midwife since 1984. She is the current owner/operator of Milton Memorial Birthing Center, a facility founded by her late mother/ colleague, Gladys Milton. She is also a stronge advocate of natural childbirth and the midwifery model of care. And, for over twenty years, Maria has been a speaker / presentor of various midwifery topics at midwifery conferences, midwifery retreats and community health programs.

Objective 1: List at least three ways that midwives can benefit from naturalistic midwifery.

Objective 2: List at least three ways that clients can benefit from naturalistic midwifery.

Objective 3: List at least three alternatives for routine interventions.

Objective 4: Understand brain changes in pregnancy and after trauma.

Objective 5: Help women with anxiety using simple tools and information.

Objective 6: List the 10 mechanisms of spontaneous upright breech birth.

Objective 7: Identify the mechanisms in action (while watching breech birth videos)


How to get back to Naturalistic Midwfery" will explore the many ways in which childbirth has changed over the years. This session will compare practices in natural childbirth with the practices in births where interventions/augmentations have occurred. These comparisons will prove how these practices have led to worse outcomes and increased the cost of helath care. This session will also demonstate how changes in attitudes about birth have affected birth practices as well as how providers have adapted to these changes. The session will end with offering solution to the problems created by these practices.

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Duration: 60 mins
New York: A Beacon and Shame of Midwifery

Jennifer Block is an independent journalist and the author of Everything Below The Waist: Why Health Care Needs a Feminist Revolution (2019, St. Martin’s Press). Her work has appeared in The Washington Post Magazine, The Cut, Newsweek, The New York Times, Pacific Standard, The Baffler, and many other publications. Her first book, Pushed, led a wave of attention to the national crisis in maternity care and was named a “Best Book of 2007” by Kirkus Reviews. A reporter with Type Investigations, Block won several awards for her investigative reporting on the permanent contraceptive implant Essure, which has since been discontinued. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her son.

Objective 1: Discuss the history of the creation of the Certified Midwife credential.

Objective 2: Identify how New York’s history had implications for home birth midwives/CPMs.

Objective 3: Reflect on how midwives can elevate the model of care for pandemic.


Certified Professional Midwives remain illegal in several states, including New York, where one CPM is currently facing 95 felony charges. From the 1970s through the 1980s, home birth midwives flourished across the state, especially around the Syracuse area. In the early 1990s there was promise of a licensed direct-entry midwife credential that would benefit home birth midwives as well as nurse-midwives, who desired a pathway separate from nursing. In this session, I share from my reporting on how and why the Certified Midwife credential was created, what it meant for community birth, and how it fares today. As COVID surged through New York in April and women scrambled to find community midwives, the harms of this history were laid bare: demand for home birth far outpaced supply, and hospital maternity care providers lacked the skills and training to safely support physiologic births in out of hospital locations with the least exposure to COVID. We also saw women isolated from partners and doulas and restricted from other physiologic labor support. What lessons can be drawn from the 1990s? How can midwives with different philosophies and lineages work together to elevate the model of care?

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Duration: 60 mins
Chagas Disease: Pregnancy-Based Screening to Benefit Mother and Infant

Dr. Morven S. Edwards is Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and an Attending Physician at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. Dr. Edwards maintains a longstanding interest in group B streptococcal infections and their prevention through immunization. She has been the recipient of a Cooperative Agreement through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to improve knowledge and practices among healthcare providers about congenital Chagas disease. Dr. Edwards is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.

Objective 1: Cite how Latin American-born women living in the United States may be at risk for Chagas disease.

Objective 2: Counsel at-risk pregnant women regarding Chagas disease screening for their personal benefit and that of their infants.

Objective 3: List steps to screen and confirm the diagnosis of Chagas disease.


Chagas disease is a parasitic infection caused by Trypanosoma cruzi. Chagas disease is endemic in Mexico, Central America or South America. Approximately 8-10 million people in Latin America and 300,000 people in the United States have Chagas disease. Chagas disease damages the heart and causes approximately 10,000 deaths yearly. Approximately 30,000-45,000 people in the United States have Chagas cardiomyopathy. Most are unaware of the infection and have no symptoms. The common mode of acquiring Chagas disease is vector-borne. Acute infection is often asymptomatic. Infection is life-long if untreated and, over years or decades, 20% to 40% of people develop Chagas heart or gastrointestinal disease. Infection is also transmitted congenitally. In the United States there are ~40,000 women in the childbearing years with Chagas disease who give birth to ~63-315 infected infants each year. Some infants have signs of infection at birth but none is specific for Chagas disease. Maternal infection can be diagnosed by a commercially-available ELISA testing for T. cruzi IgG. At its cost of ~$50, screening would be cost-saving, whether implemented universally or for at-risk women. Treatment of confirmed infection is curative for infants, prevents transmission in future pregnancies and reduces risk for cardiomyopathy in women in the childbearing years.

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Duration: 60 mins
U.S.A. Wendi Cleckner, LM, CPM, JD
       Julie Gunnigle
       Emily L. Fernandez

Wendi is a desert child at heart, born and raised on the Arizona clay. In 1993 she helped a friend through the birth of her first child and felt a passion to devote her life to moms and babies. The calling of midwifery has blessed her with travel across the world, taking her to the Philippines, the Sudan and Iraq. She believes in the intrinsic knowledge women hold in the ability to bring forth life, and will continue to work both individually and with the community, rallying for women to give birth as they choose.
Wendi is passionate about justice and advocacy. In fact, that passion helped her finish law school in two years and pass the bar with flying colors. She now advocates for women who have experienced obstetrical violence, educates doulas, midwives, friends and families what their rights are in the birthing space, and works toward changes and the policy level so that birthing people feel safe and cared for throughout the childbirth years. Wendi also serves on several boards including: the Director of Advocacy on the Midwives Alliance of North America Board of Directors, the Vice President of Postpartum Support International, Arizona Board of Directors, the current Secretary and former President of the Arizona Association of Midwives.

Wendi loves the sun and the earth, and enjoys coaxing new life out of the Arizona ground in her gardens. She continues to study herbalism and a number of other healing modalities. Wendi recently opened Mill Ave Midwives in downtown Tempe lending it as a hub for social justice and reproductive justice work locally, nationally, and internationally. Wendi is always looking for the next adventure overseas to help women and families in under-served areas of the world.

Julie Gunnigle was born and raised in Maricopa County and currently lives a mile from the school that she attended growing up.
She graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School, cum laude. After law school, Julie went on to serve as Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County, Illinois where she prosecuted financial crime and public corruption.
As a former Professor of Law, a current solo practitioner, a mother of three and former prosecutor – Julie understands how complex our criminal justice system is and how important it is to have someone with a diverse set of experiences to tackle the problems within the County Attorney’s office and in Maricopa County.

Emily Fernandez defends medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, and general negligence matters in all New York Counties, handling cases through trial. Her clients include prominent New York hospitals, nursing homes, insurance companies, doctors, nurses, and other health care providers.
Emily is diligent, dedicated, and practical. She provides effective, efficient resolution of matters in connection with client expectations and guidelines. She excels at identifying issues, devising and pursuing litigation strategies, communicating with clients, and oral and written advocacy.
Emily’s prior experience includes clerking for a NJ Superior Court Judge, interning with NJ Legal Services, and interning in the Thermal Protection System at NASA.

Objective 1: Participants will be able to summarize what to do if they get served.

Objective 2: Participants will be able to list the three different areas of law that mainly effect midwives.

Objective 3; Participants will be able to list Resources available.

U.S.A. Wendi Cleckner, LM, CPM, JD
       Julie Gunnigle
       Emily L. Fernandez

Not a matter of if, it is a matter of when. Midwives must be prepared well before someone comes knocking on their door with papers. This class is about knowing what are common ways midwives can get entangled with the law, resource savaiable to them and helpful steps of what to do if you've been served.

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Duration: 60 mins

Began exploring her interests in Natural Healing Arts and Complementary Medicine as a Midwife after the home birth of her first child in 1993. In the state of Florida, she completed her Diploma of Midwifery and graduated in 1997 from the School of Complementary Medicine in Central FL. Tomasina has many credentials in ethno-medicinal sciences, herbology, botanical chemistry, health & mental wellness counseling, education and spiritual facilitation work. Tomasina apprenticed with meta-physical healers, physicians and several other multi-disciplinary specialists to complete an internship as a Complementary Medicine Practitioner, and later became a Holistic Health Practitioner and Master Herbalist. She remains committed to building within communities of African descent to enhance social justice for all concerned. Her skill set is unparalleled in diverse treatment options for the well being of Families, Mothers and Babies as she has delivered double and well over 1000 babies since 2012. ANS(Autonomic Nerve System) Therapy, Iridology, Kinesiology, MT (Muscle Testing) and NLP(Neuro Linguistic Programming) are just a few other healing arts Midwife Tomasina has acquired expert proficiency in serving Clients for over 20 years. Having briefly served on the NARM (North American Registry Midwives) board, she is familiar with the nuances and intricacies of corporate Midwifery work and is excited to serve as Vice President for MANA (Midwives Alliance of North America).

Objective 1: Discuss, define and examine black maternal mental health. Our live discussion with our experts will touch on ""the health state of the mind and it's processes for women of childbearing age"" as one definition.

Objective 2: Identify stressors, trauma and influences that impact black maternal mental health. Our live discussion with our experts will focus on bringing awareness to the masses about the impact of disparities within black maternal mental health and what we are experiencing as health professionals within our communities.

Objective 3: Discover solutions that can yield a more holistic, hopeful, positive outcome designed to abate black maternal mental health disparities and initiating change through a call to action for maternal and mental health professionals.


Our live discussion with our experts will touch on the "health state of the mind and its processes for women of childbearing age" (and other definitions of black maternal mental health). Our discussion will further look at stressors, trauma and influences that impact black maternal mental health and in bringing awareness to the masses. We will ask if there are solutions that can yield a more hopeful, positive outcome as we look into these disparities.

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Duration: 60 mins
Karen H. Strange, CPM, AAP/NRP Instructor, CKC
Fetal Auscultation in Labor: When to Pay Attention
U.S.A. Karen H. Strange, CPM, AAP/NRP Instructor, CKC

Karen H. Strange is a Certified Professional Midwife (1996), American Academy of Pediatrics/Neonatal Resuscitation Program Instructor (1992).

She is founder of the Integrative Resuscitation of the Newborn workshop, which includes the physiology of newborn transition. She teaches the “when, why and how” of helping newborns that are either not breathing or not breathing well, with incredible clarity. She helps the provider have a sense of what the baby is experiencing which leads to a more appropriate response to newborns in need. Karen has done over 900+ hours of debrief/case reviews regarding resuscitation. She is an international speaker and has taught over 9,000 people worldwide. There are many neonatal resuscitation instructors but Karen teaches practical neonatal resuscitation, regardless of the place of birth. And her teachings instill a strong sense of confidence and competence in providers, so they can respond in the least traumatic way.

Objective 1: Describe the most accurate method of fetal heart tone auscultation.

Objective 2: List 3 ominous fetal heart tone patterns.

Objective 3: List 3 appropriate actions when fetal heart tones are questionable.

U.S.A. Karen H. Strange, CPM, AAP/NRP Instructor, CKC

Karen Strange offers midwives a new way to think about Fetal Heart Tones (FHT). She teaches how to accurately listen to FHTs, and identifies when to listen more. Karen breaks down the ominous signs and flags to watch for during labor. Then takes us through a few labor stories with examples. And as always, Karen teaches in her no-nonsense way while instilling clarity and confidence, that you can apply immediately to your practice.

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Midwifery CEUs - MEAC Contact Hours
This continuing education program is approved to the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) for 10 Hours of Education / 1.0 CEU's - Equivalent to 10 NARM CEU's.

ACM CPD Recognised Hours:
This program is approved for ACM CPD Recognised Points equivalent to 10 hours of education by the Australian College of Midwives (ACM).

This program is approved for 8 hours of education by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. This credit is applicable to Nurse-Midwives, Certified Midwives, Registered Nurses. May be accepted by other certifying bodies.

CERPs - Continuing Education Recognition Points
Applicable to IBCLC Lactation Consultants, Certified Lactation Consultants (CLCs), CBEs, CLE, Doulas & Birth Educators. This program is approved for 6 CERPs (R-CERPs) GOLD Conferences have been designated as a Long Term Provider of CERPs by the IBLCE--Approval #CLT114-07

If you have already participated in this program, you are not eligible to receive additional credits for viewing it again. Please sent us an email to [email protected] if you have any questions.

Tags / Categories

Birth Advocacy, Birth Interventions, Breech Birth, Cultural Competency and Midwifery, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Evidence-Based Care, Maternal Illness, Midwives Using Research, Monitoring, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Trauma-Informed Care

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