Manavi is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Midwifery Education Program. She earned her Master of Health Sciences in Bioethics from the University of Toronto in 2006 and became an Assistant Professor at Ryerson’s MEP in 2009.
Manavi’s key area of research focuses on the health access and outcomes for pregnant women with precarious immigration status. She has conducted several research projects on issues facing uninsured pregnant women in Ontario. Manavi is part of a network of midwives who regularly volunteer their services in collaboration with a community health centre, to offer midwifery care to uninsured pregnant women.
Since 2009, she has been a founding member and practicing registered midwife at West End Midwives, which serves a high proportion of immigrants, refugees and uninsured women.
Manavi has played a leadership role as chair of the Diversity Working Group of the Association of Ontario Midwives from 2009 to 2014. She also contributed to developing clinical practice guidelines on Vaginal Birth After Caesarian Section for the Association of Ontario midwives, and she has examined the issue of Cesarean section on demand.