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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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Wednesday, October 14 • 8:45am - 9:45am
Weaving A Collaborative Tapestry: Advocates for Quality, Respectful, Transparent & Evidence-Based Maternity Care LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available
This session applies to all of the  Principles &  steps of the MFCI.

It refers to the following conference themes:
  • Professional Collaboration in Maternity Care

This session will be broadcast as a live-streamed  simultaneous  webinar. Please go to: https://2015-mfci-symposium-virtual-meeting.eventbrite.com to register.

SESSION DESCRIPTION:

Many organizations and individuals are involved in maternity care advocacy in the United States. The US has some of the worst maternal outcomes among developed countries, with African American women at three-four fold greater risk of dying than women of other racial-ethnic groups, the widest public health disparity. Subsequent calls for an organized, national response to worsening maternal outcomes have resulted in coordinated efforts including actions to address patient safety in maternity care, increase state maternal mortality reviews, and other private and public investment in maternal health initiatives. Grassroots activists and childbirth advocacy organizations have long been promoting quality, respectful, transparent & evidence-based maternity practices using a rights-based framework of women-centered care.  How are these groups & efforts aligned? Where do they diverge?  This presentation will provide an overview of historical and recent initiatives to improve maternity care and outcomes.  It outlines a vision of maternal quality improvement that balances awareness and responsiveness to “risk” (the measurement, analysis, and prevention of maternal mortality and morbidity) with meaningful efforts to support the “normality” of physiologic birth among low-risk women in hospital settings.

 

 


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

Dr. Christine H. Morton, Ph.D.

Research Sociologist/Program Manager, California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative
Christine H. Morton, Ph.D is a medical sociologist and a Program Manager for Calfornia Maternal Quality Care Initiative (CMQCC). Headed up by Dr. Elliott Main, MD,  CMQCC promotes data-driven quality improvement in maternity care. CMQCC is devoted to eliminating preventable maternal death and injury and promoting equitable maternity care in California through several intitaitives and projects. | Dr. Morton is a medical sociologist... Read More →


Wednesday October 14, 2015 8:45am - 9:45am
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