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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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Thursday, October 15 • 8:00am - 8:45am
Maternal Mental Health: How the MFCI Can Reduce Postpartum Depression and Birth Trauma LIMITED

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MFCI Step this session refers to:




  • Empowerment
  • Autonomy
  • Do No Harm
  • Responsibility




Step 2. Provides accurate descriptive and statistical information to the public about its practices and procedures for birth care, including measures of interventions and outcomes.


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 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


For a description of conference themes, go to: http://2015mfcisymposiumprotectingthemo.sched.org/
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


In this session, Joy Burkhard, MBA, Founder of the 2020 Moms Project will present about maternal mental health disorders, including depression and anxiety, which are real illnesses caused by changes in biology, psychology, environment and hormones.  Maternal anxiety and depression are the most common complications of childbirth.Ms. Burkhard will give practitioners guidelines on how to recognize perinatal mood disorders and guidelines to follow when suspected.

Joy is the founder of The 2020 Mom Project ("The Project") an urgent national call to action that sets forth an aggressive new path for solving what some have called one of the biggest public health concerns of our time: the silent maternal mental health crisis which impacts up to 20% of expecting and new moms.  

The project seeks to bring about change by the year 2020, starting with the insured population.  

Because of a complicated set of long-standing barriers, expecting and new moms are not consistently screened for emotional problems and therefore are not diagnosed and offered treatment, and consequently these moms and families largely suffer in silence

Research suggests that when moderate to severe cases of maternal mental health disorders are left untreated, not only does the mother's health suffer, but so does her infants', the stability of her marriage or partner relationship, and the long-term health and well being of all of her children.

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Dr. Sayida Peprah, Psy.D., CD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist & Certified Doula, Bureau of Prisons/Conscious Surrender Childbirth
| Dr. Sayida Peprah, Psy.D., CD, has a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, with a Multicultural Clinical-Community Emphasis, from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. She is also a Certified Doula with Doulas of North America and offers services through Conscious Surrender Birthing.  | | Dr. Peprah completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Religion at Spelman... Read More →

Thursday October 15, 2015 8:00am - 8:45am

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