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THE ASSOCIATION FOR WHOLISTIC MATERNAL AND NEWBORN
HEALTH


and

CALIFORNIA NURSE-MIDWIVES ASSOCIATION - LOS ANGELES CHAPTER

Videorecordings of some of the sessions are available for all who attended or tuned into our Videoconference, at no charge. If you did not attend, there is a nominal fee to receive a videorecording. These will be available after November 7, 2015. Please email: training@wholisticmaternalnewbornhealth.org to request a video.

The 4th Annual MFCI Symposium will explore new and innovative approaches in maternity care to protect the MotherBaby-Dyad and discuss emerging issues in perinatal health from a socioecological perspective.

This conference encourages maternity care practices, practitioners & facilities to implement the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI) Developed by The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) in the hospital, clinic and community setting.

To learn more: http://wholisticmaternalnewbornhealth.org/cims-mfci-principles-steps/

Purpose of the Symposium

1) Discuss the benefits of the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI) for hospitals, clinics, mothers, infants, and clinicians

2) Provide a forum for discussion among nurses, doctors, doulas, childbirth educators, midwives, administrators and others on the challenges and opportunities of implementing mother-friendly care in the clinical or hospital setting.

3) Provide a forum for dissemination of evidence-based best practices for maternity care.

4) Support clinics, hospitals and community-based programs in developing plans of action to shift the thinking in their organizations towards mother-friendly care and develop multidisciplinary coordinated networks  of maternity care providers.

5) Practitioners and students of maternity care will obtain an objective understanding of the  collision of worldviews and belief systems when the medical and midwifery models of maternity care intersect.

6) Participants will describe how the perinatal community as a whole can best collaborate to provide optimal care for mothers and infants based on the principals of the MFCI and the evidence-based practices available as outlined in the 10 steps of the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI).

Principles of the MFCI are:
  • Normalcy of Childbirth
  • Empowerment
  • Responsibility
  • Do No Harm
  • Autonomy

CONFERENCE THEMES


 Equity in Maternal-Child Health

Sessions under this theme will explore the underlying causes of health inequities and disparities for vulnerable mothers and infants including racism, poverty, geography, ethnicity. Research, best practices and innovations to deliver interventions aimed at reducing  maternal and infant mortalities and morbdities will be described. Speakers will share strategies to address gaps in equity and promote justice in maternity care.


Respectful Treatment in Maternity Care

Sessions under this theme will address cultural and systemic barriers to providing humane and respectful maternity care. Using a human rights framework, speakers will discuss issues such as informed consent and refusal, right to privacy, autonomy, and freedom of choice. Strategies for cross-cultural communication between caregivers and clients and between practitioners will be addressed.


Professional Collaboration in Maternity Care

Sessions under this theme will provide a forum for Maternal-Infant Health care providers from various discliplines to discuss strategies for bridging the gap when worldviews and models of maternity care--technocratic, humanistic, holistic (Davis-Floyd)--collide. Opportunities for ongoing communication will inspire allied perinatal health professionals to create harmonious teams committed to promoting the health and well-being of mothers and newborns.


Promoting Normalcy of Birth and Breastfeeding

Sessions under this theme will promote physiological childbirth and breastfeeding, protecting the motherinfant-dyad even when complications arise. Research and empirical knowledge will be shared about the innate abilities of mothers and newborns to survive and thrive. The impact of childbirth practices on breastfeeding and maternal mental health are explored in these sessions. Spirituality as a coping strategy in childbirth and compassion as a part of a caregiver’s toolkit will also be discussed in these sessions.

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CEUs Pending for RNs, CNM/LM/CPMs, IBCLCs/CLEs, MFTs, LCSWs & CHES by PAC/LAC, Breastfeed L.A., ICEA, ACNM
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Dr. Mark McDowell, MD

Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center
Family Practice Physician/AWMNH Board Member
Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Mark McDowell, MD is a Family Practice physician and a Board Member of The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health.

Dr. McDowell is working in Federally-Qualified Health Clinics and Private Practice in Los Angeles including Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center where he works with Nurse-Midwives and conducts deliveries at California Hospital Medical Center. Dr. McDowell is also a clinical instructor at University of California – Los Angeles Department of Family Medicine and a Clinical Instructor at UCLA School of Medicine. He is an Attending Physician at Santa Monica Family Medicine Residency Program, and Los Angeles Department of Health Services Attending Physician, Mid Valley Comprehensive Health Center.

From 2007-2010, Dr. McDowell  did his residency at Beth Israel Medical Center  in Integrative Family Medicine, in New York City. He graduated with his  Medical Doctor degree from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. McDowell received his B.S. from Pennsylvania State University in 2002. He has a private practice in Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles, and has admitting privileges at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, Department of Family Medicine and Pediatrics, and California Hospital Medical Center, Department of Medicine with Obstetric Privileges. He also participates in medical education.

Dr. McDowell  is a  Clinical Instructor, Voluntary Clinical Faculty, UCLA Department of Family Medicine,  and is a Preceptor for First Year Medical Student Doctoring I curriculum, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor, Voluntary Clinical Faculty, USC Department of Family Medicine, and  is a Preceptor for Third Year Medical Student Family Medicine Clerkship.  Dr. McDowell worked alongside midwives in New York City, while doing his residency, and he believes in the midwifery model of care and the principle of informed choice in women’s health care.