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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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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
Film Presentation: "Heads Up: The Disappearing Art of Vaginal Breech Delivery" LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available
This session refers to MFCI Principles of :

  • Autonomy
  • Empowerment
  • Responsibility
  • Normalcy of Birth
  • Do No Harm
This session refers to MFCI Steps:

Step 6.
Does not routinely employ practices and procedures that are unsupported by scientific evidence, including but not limited to the following:
  • shaving;
  • enemas;
  • IVs (intravenous drip);
  • withholding nourishment or water;
  • early rupture of membranes*;
  • electronic fetal monitoring;

other interventions are limited as follows:

  • Has an induction* rate of 10% or less;†
  • Has an episiotomy* rate of 20% or less, with a goal of 5% or less;
  • Has a total cesarean rate of 10% or less in community hospitals, and 15% or less in tertiary care (high-risk) hospitals;
  • Has a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) rate of 60% or more with a goal of 75% or more.
This session refers to conference theme of:
  • Promoting Normalcy of Childbirth and Breastfeeding
  • Professional Collaboration in Maternity Care


Executive Producer Elliot Berlin of The Informed Pregnancy Project and Director Mel Kennedy-Morrow have collaborated to wake up the birth industry with their documentary, Heads Up: The Disappearing Art of Vaginal Breech Delivery, a short film on breech birth. This film is the first of a series that will shed light on little known and sometimes taboo information that goes against the social norm.

Presentation following the film with Dr. Elliot Berlin, Prenatal Chiropractor/Executive Producer


Mel Kennedy-Morrow,Director

and Mothers and Physicians appearing in the film.


Time Is Running Out For Breech Babies

Los Angeles, CA, February --, 2015  - In America, 1 baby is born breech every 4 minutes. After a faulty study in 2001, women were given no choice but to deliver breech babies via cesarean section. Even after the study was rejected and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) concluded that vaginal deliveries of breech were a reasonable choice, doctors were no longer taught this skill in medical school. The doctors with the knowledge and experience are approaching retirement and women will be left without a choice. 

Heads Up delivers facts to debunk the C-section myth and a call to action so that the power of choice can be restored. Actress Morena Baccarin (Gotham, Homeland) and Kimberly Van Der Beek (Wellness Blogger & Public Speaker) eagerly joined this production along with celebrity obstetrician Dr. Paul Crane to share their compelling stories about why informed choice is so important to childbirth in America.

By the end of this presentation, attendees will:
  1. Understand the history of vaginal breech delivery and why it has become a disappearing art. 
  2. Learn the data upon which the 2001 recommendation that all breech deliveries be born via planned cesarean was made as well as the data upon which the 2006 revised recommendation asserting that vaginal breech delivery may be a reasonable option that should be discussed with the patient is based on. 
  3. Learn about selective vaginal breech delivery and the risks and benefits of both vaginal and cesarean breech delivery. 


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Dr. Elliot Berlin, DC

Doctor of Chiropractic, Berlin Wellness Group
The award-winning Dr. Elliot I. Berlin, DC, along with his wife, Dr. Alyssa D. Berlin, PsyD, founded Berlin Wellness Group in order to naturally promote comfortable and healthy pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum experiences. Other than being doctors, Elliot and Alyssa are... Read More →

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Dr. Stuart Fischbein, MD, FACOG

Physician, Birthing Instincts, Inc.
Stuart James Fischbein, MD was Board Certified in 1989 and became a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology in 1990. He has been a practicing obstetrician in Southern California since completing his residency. While well trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in... Read More →
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Dr. Paul Crane MD, FACOG

Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Paul Crane, MD
Dr, Paul Crane MD, FACOG has been an OB/GYN for 49 years and has  collaborated with midwives for  most of that time. He works out of his office in Beverly Hills and is the doctor to the stars as well as ordinary women delivering at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in West Los Angeles... Read More →
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Mel Kennedy-Morrow

Film Director, Informed Pregnancy Project
Mel Kennedy-Morrow is the Director of the film "Heads Up:The Dissapearing Art of Vaginal Breech Delivery" which will be screened on October 15th at the Symposium. Mel will make a presentation  and participate in a Q and A session along with Dr. Elliot Berlin, DC, Executive Producer... Read More →

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

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