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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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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 • 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Informed Consent and Refusal in Maternity Care as a Human Right in Childbirth LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available
Persons not attending the entire conference may attend this session only and the film screening of Freedom for Birth immediately preceeding this talk. Register for film screening on Eventbrite ($20): Film Presentation Only \"Freedom for Birth\" (Regular). Student rates are also available ($10). For student tickets: Film Presentation Only: \"Freedom for Birth\" (Student Rate).

This session + film is available via webinar. Fee: $25

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


This session will discuss Reproductive Rights and Justice in Maternity Care by two human/women's rights advocates, Hermine Hayes-Klein, JD, a Human Rights Lawyer, and Dr. Laila Al-Marayati, MD, FACOG, an Islamic Women's Rights Activist and Obstetrican-Gynecologist. Their discussion will follow a screening of the film "Freedom for Birth: The Mother's Revolution" a 28-minute film that highlights violations in human rights in maternity care around the world.

Since the 1990s, the global community has been recognizing that preventable maternal mortality is a human rights issue, and that nations have an obligation to ensure non-discriminatory access to reproductive health services for all women and their babies.  However, significant mortality disparities continue to exist, both between nations, and within nations, as marginalized women remain significantly more likely to die, or see their babies die, during childbirth.  This session will discuss the human rights at stake in maternity care, and the efforts underway around the world to ensure that no woman dies while bringing forth new life.  The session will also examine the human rights at stake in childbirth beyond the right to survival, and the status of those rights in maternity care in both developed and developing nations.

 There is more than one path to a live mother and live baby, and the care given in childbirth can either respect or violate the human rights to dignity, privacy, and autonomy of birthing women, with lasting impact. This session will also discuss emerging international recognition of the right to non-violent, respectful maternity care, and current initiatives underway around the world to ensure quality of care. Additionally, they will discuss practical applications for the maternity care team -- physician, midwife, nurse, doula, lactation consultant, childbirth educator--to protect the birthing woman's rights and dignity, and foster cooperation among all members of the woman's support team.
 For more information on Human Rights in Childbirth, please go to: http://humanrightsinchildbirth.com/

In this session, the speakers will:
  1. Describe the Human Rights Framework as it pertains to maternity care, including:
    1. Right to Informed Consent
    2. Right to Refuse Medical Treatment
    3. Right to Health
    4. Right to Equal Treatment
    5. Right to Privacy
    6. Right to Life
  2. Discuss basic political, economic, and reproductive rights, like the right to vote, to go to school, and to choose whether to conceive and bear children.
  3. Discuss emerging international recognition that human rights are at stake in maternity care for understanding the global problem of maternal mortality, morbidity, and perinatal mortality, and the obligations of governments to provide maternity care that is accessible and affordable to all citizens.
  4.  Discuss the dynamics that occur between birthing women and their healthcare providers, and problems with medical intervention and abuse including the skyrocketing cesarean section rate.
  5. Discuss ACOG’s Essential Components of Informed Consent and Refusal.
  6. Discuss the ethical and legal precedence of Informed Consent and Refusal in maternity care.
  7. Discuss the benefits of Informed Consent and Refusal for women and their caregivers.
  8. Discuss barriers to Informed Consent and Refusal in maternity care by institutions and medical providers.
  9. Articulate  ethical dilemmas that occur with informed refusal in maternity care when considering both maternal and child rights.
  10. Discuss whether the current model of informed consent and refusal fully respect the rights and needs of pregnant women and their infants.

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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... 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... 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... Read More →

Wednesday October 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:45pm PDT

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