The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health
Happy Mamas, Healthy Babies
A DBA of Wholistic Midwifery School of Southern California
Promoting Awareness, Access and Availability of MotherBaby-Friendly Maternity Care
A community-based organization dedicated to improving maternal-infant health and maternity care in Los Angeles. Offering Perinatal Health Professional Training & Networking & Wholistic Support for Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postpartum and Breastfeeding.
“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
Funded from 2011 to 2013 by
Currently Funded by
The Laurence H. Tribe Charitable Trust & Donors Like You
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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 services, and reduce perinatal health disparities in Los Angeles County.
We also provide support and education for expectant parents in Los Angeles County including birth doula support, childbirth education, postpartum doula care and breastfeeding counseling on a sliding-scale basis.
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.
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 Care.
- 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 Past Events
2017 Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative Symposium
LIFE IN THE WOMB AND ITS LASTING IMPACT
A Seminar for Perinatal Professionals and Parents & a Fundraiser for The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health
In 2017, we will be hosting a screening and panel discussion of the film IN UTERO.
“A damning exposé on the health care issues facing women today. Filmmaker Kathleen Gyllenhaal uses testimonials from health care experts, as well as cutting edge research to remind everyone that a newborn baby is only as healthy as its mother.”
– J. R. Kinnard, Sound On Sight
Date and Time: Saturday, February 18, 2017, 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm| Location: Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA. Click here to learn more.
Mission to West Africa (Fall, 2017)
In Fall 2017, we will join Midwives on Missions of Service volunteer humanitarian mission to Sierra Leone, West Africa. We will be part of their educational program for Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs), teaching emergency birth skills and health promotion. Learn More and Donate.
On May 26, 2016 at The California Endowment Center, in collaboration with Human Rights in Childbirth and Black Women Birthing Justice, we held a summit, which engaged participants in a dialogue to understand historical and political factors which have led to health inequities and disparities in maternal and infant health. Birth activists and practitioners became more aware of how to engender a more equitable maternity care system within a human-rights framework. Attendees from the Latino, African-American, Native-American an LGBTQ communities had the unprecedented opportunity to help draft the first consensus statement on the human rights of childbearing persons in the U.S.
We also launched our first annual Maternal-Child Health Champion Awards Ceremony recognizing the important work of several perinatal professionals. For a complete list of Awards Recipients, Click here.
We provided scholarships for grassroots activists to attend, and received donations for speakers to be able to attend. If you support this cause, please consider donating to this event!
Donations and Foundation Grants
Our funding comes from people like you who believe in our mission and support our causes, projects and events.
- Hospital Community Benefits donations.
- The Caroline T. Tribe and Laurence H. Tribe Charitable Trusts.
- California Community Foundation (CCF) for Hospital Improvements and Nursing Education.
- Personal donations. We are able to provide free and low-cost Childbirth Education Classes, Labor Doula Support and Postpartum Doula Support, which are provided on a sliding scale to disadvantaged families. Your contribution can make it possible for low-income women to have professional labor support and midwifery care and receive perinatal education, regardless of their income.
- We are also part of the United Way Charitable gifting campaign. If your workplace participates, you can allocate your donation to support us.
Trainings, Consultations and Events
- Fee-for-services provided such as Perinatal Health Consulting for clinics and organizations, professional trainings and events.
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P.O. Box 50630
Los Angeles, CA 90050-0630
Telephone: (626) 388-2191 Fax: (626) 388-2191
Donations are tax-deductible to Wholistic Midwifery School of Southern California DBA The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health, 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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