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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 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Film Presentation: "Freedom for Birth" LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available
This film is included in the conference fees. People may attend only for the film and the presentation following it with Hermine Hayes-Klien, JD and Dr. Laila Al-Marayati, OB/GYN. If attending  Film Presentation only, must purchase Film Presentation Only \"Freedom for Birth\" (Regular -$20) or if a student purchase student rate tcket: Film Presentation Only: \"Freedom for Birth\" (Student Rate - $10)

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


“Freedom for Birth" is a 58 minute documentary that reframes women's birthing rights as one of the most pressing human rights issues in the world today. “Freedom For Birth” is more than just a film. It marks the beginning of a movement that will focus global attention on the violations of women's rights during childbirth all around the world.

This film and presentation following presentation with Hermine Hayes-Klein JD of Human Rights in Childbirth  will also be available via webinar. Fee: $20 Regular Admission $10 Student Admission (with ID)


If you are attending just the film + lecture and not the entire day, please park at the Postal Annex parking lot adjacent to the California Endowment. Fee is $6. There will NOT be any parking available in the California Endowment parking lot.

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Stephanie Dawn

Founder, Sacred Birth Mentor Program
Stephanie Dawn is the Team Leader  for Publicity and PR at this conference. She is the creator of Sacred Birth Work, founder of the Sacred Birth Mentor Program and is a is the founder of this organization supporting visionary leaders and women entrepreneurs to bring their sacred medicine to the world and prosper. She is also a Board Member for The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health. | Stephanie Dawn  is a mother... Read More →

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Dr. Laila Al-Marayati, MD, FACOG

Director, Women's Medical Services, Eisner Pediatric Family Medical Center
| Dr. Laila Al-Marayati is a Board-certified Ob-Gyn and Clinical Assistant Professor at LAC+USC in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She currently serves as the Medical Director of Women’s Health at Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center, a large community health center in Downtown Los Angeles. Through her commitment to working with the underserved, she provides additional gynecological care to women with special conditions... Read More →
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Hermine Hayes-Klein

Founder & Human Rights Attorney, Human Rights in Childbirth
Hermine Hayes-Klein, JD,  is an American lawyer, mother, and founder of the international organization, Human Rights in Childbirth.  Hermine has represented children as their attorney or guardian ad litem, litigated for LGBT rights, and mediated family disputes and divorce, among other things.  Hermine lived in the Netherlands from 2007 – 2012, where both of her children were born at home with a Dutch midwife.  She... Read More →

Wednesday October 14, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm

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