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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


 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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Questions? Call Us:  (626) 388 - 2191 ext. 2 or Email Us


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

Featured Speakers

avatar for Dr. Christine H. Morton, Ph.D.

Dr. Christine H. Morton, Ph.D.

California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative
Research Sociologist/Program Manager
avatar for Dr. Sarah Buckley,MB, ChB, Dip Obst (via Videoconference)

Dr. Sarah Buckley,MB, ChB, Dip Obst (via Videoconference)

Gentle Natural Birth
Family Practice Physician
avatar for Hermine Hayes-Klein

Hermine Hayes-Klein

Human Rights in Childbirth
Founder & Human Rights Attorney
avatar for Dr. Laila Al-Marayati, MD, FACOG

Dr. Laila Al-Marayati, MD, FACOG

Eisner Pediatric Family Medical Center
Director, Women's Medical Services


avatar for Tatiana Rubio, Lic. Ac., CD (DONA)

Tatiana Rubio, Lic. Ac., CD (DONA)

Divine Delivery
Licensed Acupuncturist, certified Birth Doula
avatar for Cheryl Baker, CD, CLE, CCE

Cheryl Baker, CD, CLE, CCE

Los Angeles Birth Partners
Childbirth Educator/Doula
avatar for Dr. Elliot Berlin, DC

Dr. Elliot Berlin, DC

Berlin Wellness Group
Doctor of Chiropractic
avatar for Joy Burkhard, MPA

Joy Burkhard, MPA

2020 Mom
Founder and Executive Director
avatar for Luz Chacon, MPH, CLE

Luz Chacon, MPH, CLE

Maternal and Child Health Access
Program Director
avatar for Sarah Davis, LM, IBCLC

Sarah Davis, LM, IBCLC

California Association of Midwives
Policy Chair
avatar for Stephanie Dawn

Stephanie Dawn

Sacred Birth Mentor Program
avatar for Kimberly Durdin, IBCLC

Kimberly Durdin, IBCLC

Internationally Board Certified Lacation Consultant/Student Midwife
avatar for Dr. Stuart Fischbein, MD, FACOG

Dr. Stuart Fischbein, MD, FACOG

Birthing Instincts, Inc.
avatar for Kittie Frantz, RN, CPNP-PC

Kittie Frantz, RN, CPNP-PC

LAC+USC Medical Center
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
avatar for Dr. David Ghozland, MD, FACOG

Dr. David Ghozland, MD, FACOG

Dr. David Ghzoland
MD- Owner
avatar for Cordelia Hanna-Cheruiyot

Cordelia Hanna-Cheruiyot

The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health
Founder & Executive Director/Conference Coordinator
avatar for Mel Kennedy-Morrow

Mel Kennedy-Morrow

Informed Pregnancy Project
Film Director
avatar for Monica Lundry, RNC, MSN, CNL

Monica Lundry, RNC, MSN, CNL

Cedars Sinai Medical Center
avatar for Dr. Paul Crane MD, FACOG

Dr. Paul Crane MD, FACOG

Paul Crane, MD
avatar for Dr. Ruth Mielke, CNM, Ph.D., FACNM

Dr. Ruth Mielke, CNM, Ph.D., FACNM

California State University Fullerton/Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center
Assistant Professor Women’s Health Care/ Staff Nurse-Midwife
avatar for Molly Jarchow ND, LM

Molly Jarchow ND, LM

Sage Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Midwife
avatar for Dr. Sayida Peprah, Psy.D., CD

Dr. Sayida Peprah, Psy.D., CD

Bureau of Prisons/Conscious Surrender Childbirth
Licensed Clinical Psychologist & Certified Doula
avatar for Karen Peters

Karen Peters

Private Practice
Lactation Consultant
avatar for Dr. Paula Meier,  PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Paula Meier, PhD, RN, FAAN

Rush University Medical Center
Director, Clinical Research & Lactation Professor of Women, Children...
avatar for Khefri Riley

Khefri Riley

Urban Goddess Lifestyle
Doula/Yoga Instructor
avatar for Paula X. Rojas

Paula X. Rojas

Mamas of Color Rising
Co-Founder & Licensed Midwife/Certified Professional Midwife
avatar for Marisol Rosales-Mendez, BA

Marisol Rosales-Mendez, BA

st. annes
residential counselor
avatar for Wendy Silvers

Wendy Silvers

Million Mamas Movement
avatar for Aida Simonian, MSN, RNC-NIC, SCM, SRN

Aida Simonian, MSN, RNC-NIC, SCM, SRN

Perinatal Advisory Council-Leadership, Advocacy, Consultation (PAC/LAC)
Executive Director/NICU Nurse
avatar for Michele Giordano, MSW (via Videoconference)

Michele Giordano, MSW (via Videoconference)

Choices in Childbirth
Executive Director
avatar for Nan Strauss, JD (via Videoconference)

Nan Strauss, JD (via Videoconference)

Choices in Childbirth
Director of Policy and Research
avatar for Blyss Young

Blyss Young

Birthing Blyss