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Cordelia Hanna-Cheruiyot
Cordelia Hanna-Cheruiyot campaign leader

Wholistic Midwifery School Receives $12,000 grant from California Community Foundation!

We are thrilled to announce that we received a grant for $12,000 from California Community Foundation for Nursing Education and Hospital Improvements.

Our scope of work is to develop and conduct a training on Mother-Baby Friendly maternity care for labor and delivery nurses at a Los Angeles hospital. Our collaborative partners are The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS), a coalition of organizations, researchers, individuals and advocates supporting evidence based, family centered maternity care. CIMS developed the Mother Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI) which are 10 evidence-based maternity care practices to improve maternity care quality and birth outcomes. Many routine obstetrical practices are not supported by the evidence and are driving our poor outcomes and health disparities. Step #10 of the MFCI encompasses The Baby Friendly Breastfeeding Hospital Initiative (BFHI), so it is actually a 20 step plan, the last ten steps focused on optimizing the hospital environment to support breastfeeding. Our other collaborative partner is The Breastfeeding Taskforce of Los Angeles. Together, we will be conducting a series of trainings on mother-baby friendly care in Spring 2012. Our kick off event will be held at California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities on February 23, 2012. Our target audience are hospitals in Los Angeles County. We will invite them to participate in our nurse-education training and evoke their commitment to become baby AND mother friendly environments.

Joining our team as consultants and trainersare Nicette Jukelevics, MA, ICCE, author, educator and researcher, and Karen Peters of LA Breastfeeding Taskforce as consultants and co-trainers along with myself and a Nurse-Educator who will be our lead trainer for the nurses training.

Nothing is so powerful as an Idea whose time has come, and Mother and Baby Care are an idea whose time is come.

Please stay tuned for further updates and progress!

In Partnership for Empowered Births,

Cordelia S. Hanna-Cheruiyot, MPH, CHES, CCE, CBA
Executive Director and CEO, Wholistic Midwifery School of Southern CA


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