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THE ASSOCIATION FOR WHOLISTIC MATERNAL AND NEWBORN
HEALTH


and

CALIFORNIA NURSE-MIDWIVES ASSOCIATION - LOS ANGELES CHAPTER

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

CONFERENCE THEMES


 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.

GET TICKETS ON EVENTBRITE. GROUP RATES. STUDENT RATES AVAILABLE.

EARLY BIRD TICKET SALES END JULY 17.

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

CREATE YOUR UNIQUE SCHEDULE BY SELECTING THE SESSIONS YOU WANT TO ATTEND AND THEN ’ADD TO MY SCHED"

CEUs Pending for RNs, CNM/LM/CPMs, IBCLCs/CLEs, MFTs, LCSWs & CHES by PAC/LAC, Breastfeed L.A., ICEA, ACNM
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GENERAL CONFERENCE INFORMATION


REGISTERING FOR THE CONFERENCE

To get tickets, go to http://2015-MFCI-Symposium.Eventbrite.com.

Student Rates and Group Discounts for 4-10 persons registering together is available, and invoicing is available for agencies and companies.

You may attend either Wed., Oct. 14 or Thurs. Oct. 15 or both days.

LOCATION OF CONFERENCE

California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities

Redwood Room, Tahoe Room and Big Sur Room

1000 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Map & Directions

METHOD OF PAYMENT

Credit, Debit & Checks  (Invoicing is available for companies). There is very limited at-the-door tickets and no guarantee of meals or conference materials are promised. Only checks or debit/credit accepted at the door. Make checks payable to: "AWMNH"  

REFUND POLICY

Please note there will be no refunds. You may transfer your ticket to another individual if you cannot attend. Please call to inform us of the person's name who will take your place:  626-388-2191.

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS

CEUs are pending for RNs, CNMs, LM/CPMs, IBCLCs, CLEs; CCEs, LCSWs and CHES. Upon regsitration, indicate the type of CEUs you request. CEU fees are included in the price of the ticket.

MEALS

Lunch  will be provided in ticket price. Please note that no outside food may be brought into the center. There is a cafe on site offering healthy and inexpensive items if you wish to purchase your own lunch or breakfast.

CHILDREN AT THE CONFERENCE

Due to the professional business setting,  no children are allowed to attend. Only newborn babies in arms will be allowed in the conference. There is a lactation room on site if you need privacy to nurse your baby or pump milk. Breastfeeding is welcome during the sessions. Please step out of the room if your baby is crying so as not to disturb other participants.


GETTING TO THE CONFERENCE CENTER


By Car

California Endowment Center is located in downtown Los Angeles, California. It is adjacent to Chinatown across the street from Olvera Street Pueblo de Los Angeles.

Parking is free in the California Endowment lot. State you are attending the MFCI Symposium when you arrive at the gate.  We suggest carpooling.

If you are attending ONLY the film screening of "Freedom for Birth" on Wed. Oct. 14, please park at the Terminal Postal Annex adjacent to California Endowment. Fee is $9 per day.

By Metrolink

California Endowment Center  is located  2 blocks from Union Station Train Terminal. When exiting the station onto Alameda Street, turn right (East) and walk two blocks to California Endowment.

Union Station connects to the Metrolink  Blue Line, Gold Line, Red Line, etc. which start in several parts of Los Angeles County from points North and South, East and West. Also you can take Amtrack which connects to Union Station. For more information, go to: http://www.metrolinktrains.com/routes/

Shuttles and Ride Cars and Flyaway Bus to LAX Airport

There is a shuttle "Fly Away"  from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) which goes to Union Station. One-way service between Union Station and LAX costs $8.

Airport to Station

  • Walk to the Lower/Arrivals Level and look for a green FlyAway sign
  • Board LAX FlyAway (buses arrive every 30 minutes during peak hours)
  • Exit at L.A. Union Station, then walk 2 blocks East to California Endowment.

There is also Supershuttle Van which can be taken from Bob Hope Burbank Airport or LAX to Union Station. (1-800-224-7767). This is a van that picks up many people and takes them to their locations. Look for ground transportation terminals outside the airport.

For inexpensive private car pick up, try  Uber (https://www.uber.com/) or Lyft (http://www.lyft.com/cities/los-angeles) for a  pick-up near the airports. Log on to their website and request a ride. A driver will pick you up in their own vehicle and take you to California Endowment Center. You must download the application at their online store to request a ride. You then give your debit or credit card and a driver will pick you up.

ACCOMODATIONS

The conference center is located in downtown Los Angeles, near to many hotels.
Click here for the list of hotels

EXHIBITING AND SPONSORSHIP

There are exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the conference. Please contact Melissa O'Keefe at 626-388-2191 ext. 2 or email her.

Questions? please contact:

The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health at 626-388-2191 or Email us.