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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 dataset 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.

On January 30, 2014, a major study was published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health analyzing birth data collected through MANA Stats, entitled "Outcomes of Care for 16,924 Planned Home Births in the United States: The Midwives Alliance of North America Statistics Project, 2004 to 2009." A companion publication, "Development and Validation of a National Data Registry for Midwife-Led Births: The Midwives Alliance of North America Statistics Project 2.0 Dataset,", describes the MANA Stats collection process. It appeared in the same issue of the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health.

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. In early 2009, the site launched a new data form developed using a Community Based Participatory Research model. In mid-2011 the current data form was launched, also developed using the CBPR model.