Happy Mamas, Healthy Babies
Working for social justice in maternal and child health.
Offering Perinatal Health Professional Training & Networking & Wholistic Support for Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postpartum and Breastfeeding.
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Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
― Rob Siltanen
WHO WE ARE
We are a community-based 501 (c) (3) non-profit public charity 509 (a) (2) located in Los Angeles, California. We are perinatal professionals joined together with a common vision to promote maternal and infant health, improve maternity care quality, and reduce perinatal health disparities in Los Angeles County and elsewhere.
Our board and advisory committee, volunteers and consultants are maternal-child health experts with training and experience in family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, maternal mental health, perinatal psychology, maternity and newborn nursing, midwifery, lactation support, public health, health promotion, doula support and childbirth education. We also sponsor networking and training opportunities for maternity care professionals, including our annual Mother-Friendly Childbirth Symposium, The Birthing Justice Forum, Annual Maternal-Child Health Advocate Awards Recognition, and seminars to support perinatal professional collaboration and continuing education. As catalysts and champions of motherbaby-centered, holistic, respectful care, we aim to improve birth outcomes for disadvantaged mothers and infants.
The Struggle Ought Not to Deter Us From the Support of a Cause We Believe to Be Just”
To increase access, awareness and availability of MotherBaby-Friendly Maternity Care. We are also committed to social justice in birth.
The Association of Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health focuses on the intersection of public health and midwifery to address healthcare disparities and to engender a more equitable maternity care system for all women and infants. Our focus areas are:
- Education for Birth Preparation and Cultural Change.
- Advocacy for Maternal-Infant Health Care Policy Reform.
- Expanding Access to MotherBaby-Friendly Maternity Care.
- Working for Social Justice in Maternal and Infant Health.
- As advocates for mothers and babies, we seek to ensure that each mother is treated with dignity and respect during her pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum periods.
- We promote a self-growth approach to pregnancy; which is a special and unique time in a woman’s life.
- We believe each pregnant woman should be surrounded by a loving and supportive community and each baby should be born into the hands of skilled, compassionate and respectful caregivers.
- We protect the MotherBaby dyad whose needs are mutually dependent.
- We are reverent of the sacred nature of birth, and are inspired by its potential to transform women, relationships, families and communities.
- Our intent is to mobilize the perinatal community to implement culturally appropriate wholistic approaches to perinatal health with the goal to improve outcomes and quality of maternity care in all settings: clinics, hospitals, birth centers and domiciliary settings.
- We are dedicated to helping families have empowering, satisfying and joyous experiences from conception through gestation, childbearing, breastfeeding and early parenthood.
The Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI) Developed by The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS)
Our organizational philosophy, direct services, practices and programs are based on the five principles of The Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI) which is an evidence-based, consensus document ratified in 1996 through the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) by every major U.S. organization with concern for mothers and newborns. Today, the MFCI is endorsed by maternity care leaders and organizations throughout the U.S. and the world.
In 2013, Dr. Michael C. Lu, MD, MS, MPH Director of Maternal Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that they are planning to use the five principles of the MFCI to guide planning for maternal and child health in the U.S. Click here to Watch Dr. Lu’s Video Announcement
UPCOMING AND RECENT EVENTS
2017 Birthing Justice Forum Featuring Documentary Film “No Mas Bebes” (Sept. 27, 2017)
This fall, we held a screening of the documentary film “No Mas Bebes” about the forced sterilization of Chicana women at County USC+LAC Hospital in the 1970s.Following the film, we held a panel discussion with birth and reproductive rights activists, midwives, psychologist and the Filmmaker, Virginia Espino. We also engaged in a community forum and strategy session to address issues of perinatal health inequities and human rights in maternity care. Click here to read a recap and download the powerpoint of Historical Timeline of Injustices in Maternity Care.
Maternal-Child Health Champion Awards Ceremony (Sept. 27, 2017)
At this event, we honored and recognized exemplary MCH practitioners and activists for their ingenuity, audacity, boldness, and potential in making a profound difference in the lives of mothers and infants, and improving maternity care quality. Click here to see who we awarded.
Perinatal Support Specialist Training & Certification Program (May-June, 2018)
Work as a community perinatal health promoter to improve the health of pregnant women and infants in your neighborhood. Learn to provide prenatal, birth, breastfeeding and postpartum support to expectant and new mothers and newborns. Learn More
Mission to West Africa – Traditional Birth Assistant Training (Fall, 2018)
We will join Midwives on Missions Service (MOMS) on a humanitarian mission to Sierra Leone, West Africa where in 2016, had the highest Maternal Mortality rate in the world. We take part in their educational program for Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs), teaching emergency birth skills and health promotion. Learn More and Donate.
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The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health is a DBA of Wholistic Midwifery School of Southern California. Donations are tax-deductible as we are a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization, 509 (a) (2) public charity. We are qualified to receive tax-deductible. bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the IRS code.
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