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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 • 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Bridging the Gap: Multidiscliplinary Grand Peer Review with MDs, LMs, CNMs, CDs, RNs FULL

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Limited Capacity seats available
This is a confidential session and WILL NOT be broadcast via webinar. No one will be admitted after start of session. Limited to first 10 attendees who add it to their schedule. No one admitted after start of session. All information shared will be confidential.

MFCI Step this session refers to:


 • Autonomy


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:

 • Professional Collaboration in Maternity Care

This will be a closed session. No-one will be admitted except those who pre-register for the session.This session will not be available via livestreaming over the internet.


In this roundtable discussion session, MDs, LMs, CNMs, RNs and CDs have been invited to bring cases of actual anonymous clients to discuss with their peers for feedback and continuiung education. No identifying information will be shared. The purpose of this session is to foster cross-discliplinary communication and a broadening of understanding of all available treatment options. This session is confidential. No one will be permitted in the session once it has started. The invited practitioners will present their cases and the attendees in this session will have an opportunity to ask questions and give constructive criticism. Limited to 10 attendees in addition to the presenters and moderators.

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Kerin Asher-Galloway, RN, CNM, MSN

CNM, Kaiser
Kerin Asher-Galloway, RN, CNM, MSN has been a Nurse-Midwife for 14 years. She is a graduate of Columbia University in May of 2001 with a masters degree in Nurse Midwifery. Kerin has delivered over 1000 babies. She works most recently at Kaiser Sunset Los Angeles Medical Center. Prior... Read More →
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Dr. Ruth Mielke, CNM, Ph.D., FACNM

Assistant Professor Women’s Health Care/ Staff Nurse-Midwife, California State University Fullerton/Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center
Dr. Ruth Mielke, CNM, Ph.D., FACNM,  has been practicing full-scope midwifery in Los Angeles for 25 years and more recently also educates nurse midwives and women’s health nurse practitioners at the university level. She received her BSN at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, a master’s... Read More →

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Cheryl Baker, CD, CLE, CCE

Childbirth Educator/Doula, Los Angeles Birth Partners
Cheryl Baker, CLE, CD, CCE is the founder and owner of Los Angeles Birth Partners, located in Santa Monica offers a wide range of childbirth education classes, developmental play groups, new mom support, and parenting lectures. She has been a childbirth educator and birth doula... 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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Dr. Emiliano Chavira, MD, FACOG, FSMFM

Physician, MFM Associates
Dr. Emilano Chavira completed his Ob/Gyn residency at USC in Los Angeles. He stayed on at the same institution to complete his fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine (high risk pregnancy). He has a passion for caring for women with complex medical problems in pregnancy, especially... Read More →
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Molly Jarchow ND, LM

Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Midwife, Sage Naturopathic Medicine
Dr. Molly Jarchow, ND, LM,  is a Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Midwife specializing in holistic care for women and children. Molly provides comprehensive midwifery care for families choosing to give birth at home in Los Angeles as part of the LA Midwife Collective. The best... Read More →

Thursday October 15, 2015 1:45pm - 3:15pm PDT

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