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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 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Hot Topics in Maternity Care: The Healing Powers of Placenta Placentophagy: Science or Fad? LIMITED

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MFCI Step this session refers to:


  • Empowerment
  •  Autonomy


Step 3. Provides culturally competent care—that is, care that is sensitive and responsive to the specific beliefs, values, and customs of the mother’s ethnicity and religion.
. For a description of MFCI principles and steps, go to: http://wholisticmaternalnewbornhealth.org/cims-mfci-principles-steps/

Conference Themes this session refers to are:

  • Respectful Treatment in Maternity Care
  •  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


Placenta eating, or Placentophagy, is the consumption of one's own placenta.Eating Placenta is becoming increasingly popular among childbearing women these days. What used to be in the homebirth midwife's 'bag of tricks' for treating severe postpartum hemmorhage has now become mainstream practice much in demand. Is this practice beneficial or harmful? Is it cannabalism or is it a natural and effective approach to treating common conditions of postpartum?

More and more women who suffer from postpartum depression or who suffer from anemia due to postpartum hemmorhage are considering placenta eating as a natural remedy for these conditions. The placenta can be consumed in a variety of ways, and has many health benefits according to Placenta Encapsulation Specialists and Naturopathic Physicians, Midwives and others.

 Many mammals, humans included, who are malnourished consume the placenta after birth to boost their nutritients. Eating the placenta after childbirth has been linked to preventing postpartum depression. Advocates also claim that placenta eating can lower the risk of hemhorraging after birth.Placenta eating is traditionally practiced in many cultures, including Mexico, China, and the Pacific Islands. Many of these countries revere the placenta and see it as a crucial part of the birth process. However, in the US, the placenta is frequently discarded as medical waste. More and more women, however, are learning about the benefits of placenta eating. These women often choose to birth at home, allowing them to maintain control over what happens to this important organ. Increasingly, acceptance for parents taking home the placenta from the hospital and the benefits of placentophagy are becoming known by hospital OB/GYNs and Nurses. The placenta is then frozen or dried until it can be consumed.There are a variety of benefits associated with placenta eating according to its' advocates.

In this session, the formal scientific research that is currently underway and empirical knowledge of the benefits of placentophagy will be discussed  and guidlelines and a demonstration will be given for safe preparation of placenta products.

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

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

Licensed Acupuncturist, certified Birth Doula, Divine Delivery
Tatiana Rubio, MS, Lic.Ac., CD (DONA)   for the past fifteen years  has worked to bridge the gap in western perinatal care using the alternative healing methods of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, to better meet the physical and emotional needs of pregnant women.  She... Read More →
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Blyss Young

birthingblyss@hotmail.com, Birthing Blyss
Blyss Young has been involved in the natural birth world since the birth of her first son in 1992.  In 2006 Blyss co-founded The Sanctuary Birth & Family Wellness Center.  This was a culmination of all of her previous experience as a natural birth advocate, an educator and environmentalist... Read More →

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

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