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, 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
Featured Upcoming Events
BIRTHING JUSTICE FORUM
Human Rights in Childbirth U.S. Summit
In collaboration with our partner organizations, Human Rights in Childbirth and Black Women Birthing Justice, all are invited to attend the Human Rights in Childbirth U.S. Summit, BIRTHING JUSTICE FORUM on Thursday, May 26, 2016 with Hermine Hayes-Klein, JD from Human Rights in Childbirth and Paula X. Rojas, LM,CPM, from Mamas of Color Rising.
The Forum will be led by these remarkable women who will engage 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 will become more aware of how to engender a more equitable maternity care system; within a human-rights framework and have the unprecedented opportunity to help draft the first consensus statement on the human rights of childbearing persons in the U.S. Live-Streamed Video-Conference option.
Panelists include: Shafia Monroe, DEM, MPH, Founder of International Center for Traditional Childbearing, Racha Tahani Lawler, LM, CPM, Founder of the Los Angeles Community Birth Center, Julia Chinyere Oparah, co-author of Black Women and Birthing Justice, Indra Lucero, JD, a queer birth activist and attorney, Nicolle Gonzales,CNM, a Navajo Nurse-Midwife and Birth Activist, and others. For the complete line-up, click here: BIRTHING JUSTICE FORUM
CHILDBIRTH & MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH CHAMPION AWARDS CEREMONY
Following the Forum, we will recognize several extraordinary maternal-child health activists and leaders at a Community Awards Ceremony and Dinner which is a benefit to support our organization and partner organization, Human Rights in Childbirth. For a complete list of Awards Recipients, Click here: BIRTHING JUSTICE FORUM
A FEW OF THE AWARD RECEIPENTS
From 2011-2013, we received a grant from the California Community Foundation (CCF) for Hospital Improvements and Nursing Education. In addition, we are supported by The Caroline T. Tribe and Laurence H. Tribe Charitable Trusts, under the direction of Kerry Tribe and Mungo Thompson, and private donations from citizens who believe in our mission and work. Our income is also derived from charitable contributions from Hospital Benefits funds, and fee-for-services provided such as Perinatal Health Consulting for clinics and organizations, our professional trainings for maternal-child health workers, Childbirth Education Classes, Labor Doula Support and Postpartum Doula Support, which are provided on a sliding scale rate. Your contribution can make it possible for all women to have professional labor support and midwifery care and receive perinatal education, regardless of their income.
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P.O. Box 50630
Los Angeles, CA 90050-0630
Telephone: (626) 388-2191 Fax: (323) 739.9523
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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