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Re: FAM and MANA Boards May 2023 Update

Please refer to April 29th and May 5th, 2023 posts for the context of this update. After several attempts reaching out to schedule a meeting convenient for both [FAM and MANA] boards, and getting no response, we [the FAM volunteer Board] received a letter from the MANA board on Friday (May 26th). Today (May 27th), […]

UPDATE re: April 29th, 2023 Public Notice

To continue in transparency, this is an update on the meeting that the MANA board demanded on Saturday, April 29th, 2023. We are grateful for public support this past week as we navigate this issue.  During the meeting last Saturday, The MANA board did not want to discuss their ask for funds for the ICM […]


PUBLIC NOTICE From the FOUNDATION for the ADVANCEMENT OF MIDWIFERY (FAM) 4/29/23  To Whom It May Concern:  The Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery (FAM) has been put in an untenable position by the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA).  FAM is the non-profit, grant-making arm of MANA.  MANA has recently asked the FAM Board […]

#GivingTuesday2022 – Nurture the Soil with FAM Board Member Peter Kofi Bullock

This year, the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery has coined the metaphor “Nurturing The Soil of Midwifery” to encapsulate our vision for supporting and uplifting the advancement of midwifery. Envisioning a towering tree that has grown to great heights, we must acknowledge that the tree is only standing because of the #strength of its […]

Nurturing the Soil with FAM Board Member Cristina Marisol Urista – #GivingTuesday2022

FAM uses the metaphor of “nourishing the soil of midwifery” to describe how to advance midwifery. As a doula and board member of FAM, this represents supporting midwives – not only through their work but also through their seasons of #healing and #transformation. Commonly, soil is a metaphor that describes nourishment, vitality, or foundation, but […]

What it means to support FAM

We thank you… The Board of Directors for the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery (FAM) thanks you for your support and engagement! With your help, we can cultivate equitable and abundant connections between midwives and families… Resulting in the thriving outcomes of empowered midwifery in every community. Our Commitment… We are committed to placing […]

‘A Cultural Explosion of Diverse Doulas’ – FAM Sponsors 1st Annual SMC Doula Conference

September 16 – 17th, 2022 Foundational doula trainer and midwife Shafia Monroe hosted the 1st Annual SMC Doula Conference in Portland, Oregon this September. The Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery was proud to sponsor this educational and collaborative gathering of new and practicing doulas all over the United States – we were also thrilled […]

2022 Sponsorship: Alabama Black Midwives Conference

FAM proud to sponsor and attend the Alabama Black Midwives Conference                               May 20th – 21st, 2022  This national conference was produced by Shafia Monroe Consulting and the Alabama Birth Equity Committee. Board President Samsarah Morgan and Secretary Jessalyn Ballerano were […]

9 Days of Giving Tuesday: Thank You!

9 Days of Giving Tuesday – Happy Giving Tuesday

Happy Giving Tuesday! Over the past 9 days we have discussed some of the different pieces to the puzzle to create giving and building a community for midwifery and those in birth. You can help FAM advance midwifery and provide grants to midwifery organizations by sending your Giving Tuesday donation now.

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We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization seeking to improve maternal health by funding projects that advance midwifery as the gold standard for North American maternity care through research, public education, advocacy, and health equity initiatives.


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