Category Archive: Blog

  1. MEAC Statement about Social and Reproductive Justice (MANA Conference 11/2/2019)

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    Hello, my name is Cassaundra Jah, I am a CPM and the MEAC board president.

    The MEAC board has been sending its executive director and at least one member of the board to this conference for many years as a way to hold relationship. This year in response to MANA’s January board update and our personal experiences at past conferences the MEAC board considered boycotting. Instead, we voted to speak during this time to provide clarity on our position concerning issues of justice.

    There is no sustainability within midwifery without social and reproductive justice.

    The definition of midwife, at its core, is to be with one who is giving birth; “to be with” is the highest form of social justice. Social justice is not just interwoven in the MEAC and MANA mission and vision statements – it is at the core of who we are as midwives, educators and accreditors. To separate justice from midwifery is to watch not only black birthing people and newborns unjustly die but to watch the death of this profession.

    The MANA Board Update issue number 88 published on January 31, 2019, stated that the efforts the organization made to be socially just has at times resulted in mistakes, and that the organization would be refocusing on their mission. Boards do not forgo their mission when engaging in efforts of justice, the path to justice isn’t straight, it isn’t easy, but it is necessary. As Audre Lourde said, “Pain is important: how we evade it, how we succumb to it, how we deal with it, how we transcend it.”

    MEAC is at this conference to continue to represent one path to becoming a Certified Professional Midwife as well as to be available to our aspiring and accredited institutions, programs and the students they educate.  We have chosen to stay in relationship and are committed to continued dialogue as we all strive for social and reproductive justice even in our discomfort.

    Thank you.

    November 2, 2019 MEAC Statement read at the MANA Austin, TX ‘Sustain’ Conference

  2. Member School Appreciation Month, Present #3

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    BEYOND DIVERSITY

    INTRODUCTION TO COURAGEOUS CONVERSATION™ & A FOUNDATION FOR DEINSTITUTIONALIZING RACISM AND ELIMINATING RACIAL ACHIEVEMENT DISPARITIES

    Engage in a thoughtful, compassionate exploration of race and racism and grapple with how each influences the culture and climate of our schools; and practice using strategies for identifying and addressing policies, programs, and practices that negatively impact achievement for students’ of color and serve as barriers for ALL students receiving a world-class education.

    Send your registration receipt for one of the Regional or the National Summit (2019 or 2020) to  participate in the “Beyond Diversity” seminar to Trixi Packmohr info@meacschools.org for reimbursement of up to $595.

    Present # 3: Click on the button below for more info on the seminar. MEAC will pay one  registration fee per school a maximum value of $595

    One free seminar registration per Member School

  3. Member School Appreciation Month, Present # 1

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    Thank You!

    International Day of the Midwife!

    We want to show our appreciation!

     

    With the celebration of ‘The International Day of the Midwife’ we will ring in our member school appreciation month:

    • There will be three surprises coming your way in May
    • Keep an eye out for email notifications from MEAC

     

    Present # 1: Click on the button below to fill out your free CE application.

    $500 Reduction of Sustaining Fee Base Rate

  4. MEAC Member School Meeting, April 15, 2019

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    Date: Monday, April 15, 2019 
    Time: 2-3 (ET), 1-2 (CT), 12-1 (MT), 11-12 (PT)

    This is our second Member School Meeting for 2019. Please join us to learn about the latest news and happenings at MEAC.
    https://join.me/meacschools

     

    Updates on action items from the January Member School meeting.

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    Meet the Accreditation Doula.
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    How can MAST (Midwifery Accreditation Support Track) benefit your school?

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    A new board structure for MEAC.

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    Q&A What is on your mind?

    Agenda

  5. MEAC Member School Meeting, January 14, 2019

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    Date: January 14, 2019
    Time: 2-3 (ET), 1-2 (CT), 12-1 (MT), 11-12 (PT)

    This is our first of four Member School Meetings for 2019. Please join us to learn about the latest news and happenings at MEAC.
    https://join.me/meacschools

    Learn How to Access MEAC Member School Resources on our Website
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    Meet MEAC’s Staff
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    MEAC’s Fundraising Goal for 2019 to Support our Schools
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    MEAC School Representatives Collaboration Meeting Schedule
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    How can we support each other?

    Agenda