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About the MANA Statistics Project

The Midwives Alliance's Statistics Project (MANA Stats) collects data on birth and associated perinatal care and outcomes, focusing on out-of-hospital births attended by midwives. This data set is intended to support research on midwifery practice and normal birth with the goal of improving care of women and babies and increasing the choices available to childbearing families.

This is a project of the Division of Research of the Midwives Alliance of North America, an organization inclusive of all forms of midwifery.

Midwives Alliance midwives have been collecting their statistics for research purposes for many years. Midwives Alliance midwives contributed data to a significant study of planned homebirths, "Outcomes of planned home births with certified professional midwives: large prospective study in North America," published June 18, 2005 in the British Medical Journal.

The MANA Statistics Project web site was created by Harris-Braun Enterprises and Bruce Ackerman. The original site was launched in November 2004 and an improved version was launched in early 2009. As of early 2009, the site uses a new data form developed using a Community Based Participatory Research model. In mid-2011 an alternative Minimal data form was added, also developed using the CBPR model.