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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.



WEBINAR OPTION AVAILABLE GO TO:  https://2015-mfci-symposium-virtual-meeting.eventbrite.com  TO REGISTER FOR WEBINAR ONLY.

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
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Wednesday, October 14 • 10:00am - 11:30am
Removal of Physician Supervision of Midwives: Opportunities and Challenges LIMITED

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MFCI Principles and Steps this session refers to are:


  • Normalcy of Birth
  • Autonomy
  • Responsibility


Step 1. Offers all birthing mothers:

  • Unrestricted access to the birth companions of her choice, including fathers, partners, children, family members, and friends;
  • Unrestricted access to continuous emotional and physical support from a skilled woman—for example, a doula,* or labor-support professional;
  • Access to professional midwifery care.

Step 5.   Has clearly defined policies and procedures for:

  • Collaborating and consulting throughout the perinatal period with other maternity services, including communicating with the original caregiver when transfer from one birth site to another is necessary;
  • Linking the mother and baby to appropriate community resources, including prenatal and post-discharge follow-up and breastfeeding support.

For a complete description of the MFCI Principles and Steps, go to: http://wholisticmaternalnewbornhealth.org/cims-mfci-principles-steps

The conference themes this session refers to are:

  • Professional Collaboration in Maternity Care
    Promoting Normalcy of Birth and Breastfeeding

This session will also be a live international town-hall meeting livestreamed over the internet. To register, go to: https://2015-mfci-symposium-virtual-meeting.eventbrite.com


Recent legislation revised the California Licensed Midwifery Practice Act of 1994 by removing the physician supervision requirement for California Licensed Midwives. Presently, California’s Licensed Midwives work as independent practitioners in collaboration with OB/GYN physicians. California’s nurse-midwives are pursuing similar legislation regarding their physician supervision requirement. In this session, physician and midwife panelists will share their viewpoints and attendees will engage in a conversation about the opportunities and challenges of this new development in the history of California midwifery, addressing the question, “Now What?”

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

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

Assistant Professor Women’s Health Care/ Staff Nurse-Midwife, California State University Fullerton/Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center
Dr. Ruth Mielke, CNM, Ph.D., FACNM,  has been practicing full-scope midwifery in Los Angeles for 25 years and more recently also educates nurse midwives and women’s health nurse practitioners at the university level. She received her BSN at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, a master’s... Read More →

avatar for Linda V. Walsh CNM, MPH, Ph.D., FACNM

Linda V. Walsh CNM, MPH, Ph.D., FACNM

President, CNMA
Linda V. Walsh CNM, MPH, Ph.D., FACNM career as a CNM spans 35 years in clinical practice, midwifery and nursing education and research.  She continues to contribute to the profession through her work work as an Associate Editor for JMWH, serving as President of the California Nurse... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Stuart Fischbein, MD, FACOG

Dr. Stuart Fischbein, MD, FACOG

Physician, Birthing Instincts, Inc.
Stuart James Fischbein, MD was Board Certified in 1989 and became a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology in 1990. He has been a practicing obstetrician in Southern California since completing his residency. While well trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in... Read More →
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Dr. Paul Crane MD, FACOG

Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Paul Crane, MD
Dr, Paul Crane MD, FACOG has been an OB/GYN for 49 years and has  collaborated with midwives for  most of that time. He works out of his office in Beverly Hills and is the doctor to the stars as well as ordinary women delivering at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in West Los Angeles... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Davis, LM, IBCLC

Sarah Davis, LM, IBCLC

Policy Chair, California Association of Midwives
Sarah Davis, LM, IBCLC is legislative and policy chair for the California Association of Midwives (CAM). She has practiced as a licensed midwife in clinic, home and birth center settings and served as a clinical preceptor and academic faculty for several midwifery schools. In 2013... Read More →

Wednesday October 14, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am PDT

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