Hawai'i State Affiliate

Aloha, Welcome to HAA, the Hawai'i Affiliate of ACNM!

Thank you for visiting the home of the Hawai'i Affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

Not only does this site serve Hawai'i Certified Nurse-Midwives, we also offer practical information to the public on midwifery and access to midwives throughout the state.

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HAA Officers

Acting President

Maureen Shannon

Maureen Shannon,CNM, FNP, PhD, FAAN, FACNM is an Associate Professor and holds the Frances A. Matsuda Endowed Chair in Women’s Health at the University of Hawai`i at Mănoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene where she teaches graduate MS and doctoral students and serves as Graduate Chair.  She has been an advanced practice nurse (FNP, CNM) for over three decades. Since 1989 she has provided preconception and perinatal care services to HIV-infected women.  Her area of research focuses on vulnerable women and families and includes studies about HIV infected women; the effects of spousal deployment on childbearing women; the effects of deployment on female soldiers health; and the effects of stress on physiological aging.  She has three wonderful children, great partner, and an amazing cat named “Felix” – all of whom keep her smiling.


JoAnn Johansen

My Name is JoAnn Johansen. have been caring for women and families for over 30 years, beginning as a birth center assistant on the East Coast, where I grew up. I graduated from Yale's midwifery program in 1987. I have practiced on the Big Island and Molokai for nearly 20 years, and have spent time in homebirth as well as big and small hospital practices in California. For six years I served on the Board of Directors of the California Nurse-Midwifery Association, as Secretary/Treasurer.

I've been the treasurer for our Hawaii ACNM Chapter; now Affiliate, for 13 years.

My other passion in life is international adventure travel.



Annette Manant

Greetings from Oahu ~ My name is Annette Manant and I am a CNM. I currently teach at Hawaii Pacific University in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and practice with Pali Women’s Health Center, catching babies at Castle Medical Center in Kailua and covering clinic up in Kahuku (Northshore). I volunteered to be the interim secretary of our fledgling Hawaii Affiliate because I have been a supportive member of ACNM since becoming a CNM in 1983!  I held office as Chapter Treasurer for our ACNM affiliate in Western Washington State for a number of years. It gives me great satisfaction to be ‘behind the scenes’ and a part of something moving Midwifery forward in Hawaii. 

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Announcements, Deadlines, News, and Resources for Midwives
Fri, 19 Aug 2016
ACNM is seeking member experts to work on the development of the new maternal safety bundles entitled: "Obstetric Management of the Opioid Dependent Woman" as part of the national multi-stakeholder AIM project to reduce maternal morbidity/mortality in the US.
Fri, 19 Aug 2016
A new article in the Huffington Post emphasizes easing restrictions on midwives to ease a sharply rising ob-gyn shortage across the United States.
Wed, 10 Aug 2016
This post originally appeared on MotherToBaby's Blog. Used with permission. By Bethany Kotlar, MPH, MotherToBaby Georgia As a teratology informatio...