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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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Cordelia Hanna-Cheruiyot

The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health
Founder & Executive Director/Conference Coordinator
South Pasadena, CA
Cordelia Hanna-Cheruiyot, MPH, CHES, ICCE, CLE, CBA, Conference Coordinator, is the Co-Founder, Executive Director, CEO and President of The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health which was founded in 1983 as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, Wholistic Midwifery School of Southern California. In 2010, the DBA The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health was established, and the mission evolved to offer trainings for community maternal-infant health promoters, and establish a Community-Based Doula and Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program serving low-income mothers. AWMNH is also a training and advocacy organization, providing training for Perinatal Support Specialists and Breastfeeding Peer Counselors, and in-service training for perinatal professionals on cultural awareness, cross-cultural communication and counseling and more. In 2013, Cordelia and her colleagues received the "Advocate Award" a national recognition from The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) for establishing the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative Consortium of Los Angeles County and the annual Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative Symposium. This coalition brings together diverse perinatal professionals to work towards mother and baby-centered, evidence-based maternity care and improved quality of care and birth outcomes in Los Angeles County.

Cordelia has devoted her professional career to justice and equity in maternal and child health. The seeds of her activism were planted early. As a young child in the 1960s, Cordelia's young and idealistic parents included her in non-violent social action during the Anti-Viet Nam War movement, infusing in her an commitment to peace, racial harmony, civil rights and social justice. Cordelia was exposed to homebirth as a young girl and her fascination with birth and babies naturally led her to a pursue a career as a midwife, childbirth educator and public health practitioner. Cordelia received a BA in Theatre and Dance at Indiana University. She moved to Los Angeles in 1986 to pursue a career in the movie industry. But the births of her two children at home in 1989 and 1991 led Cordelia to train as midwife through apprenticeship and become a Certified Childbirth Educator (ICEA) , Certified Birth Assistant (ALACE) and Certified Lactation Educator (CAPPA). In the early 1990s, Cordelia worked with California Association of Midwives to pass the Licensed Midwifery Practice Act of 1993 which granted licensure to non-nurse midwives. In 1999, Cordelia helped the National Organization for Women (NOW) pass a resolution to expand the definition of reproductive freedom to include choices in childbirth -- including midwifery care. Since 1991, Cordelia has worked in public health departments, hospitals, federally-qualified health clinics, birth centers and homebirth Practices as an Assistant Midwife, Primary Midwife Under Supervision, Childbirth Companion and Lactation Educator. In 2008, Cordelia received a Masters in Public Health in Health Education and Promotion/Maternal Child Health from Loma Linda University and became a Certified Health Education Specialist with NCHEC, the gold standard for professional health educators. Cordelia was employed by the Pasadena Public Health Department Black Infant Health Program from 2002-2012 where she worked to lower African-American prematurity, infant mortality, maternal morbidity and mortality. Cordelia is married and  the proud mother of two bright, capable young adults.