Cordelia Hanna-Cheruiyot
Cordelia Hanna-Cheruiyot campaign leader

Wholistic Midwifery School of Southern California receives $25,000 Grant!

Wholsitic Midwifery School of Southern CA, DBA the Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health, received refunding from the California Community Foundation for Nursing Education and Hospital Improvements for FY 2012-2013 in the amount of $25,000.

Our scope of work includes the following:

HOSTING THE MOTHER-FRIENDLY CHILDBIRTH INITIATIVE SYMPOSIUM- SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 - 8:30 AM TO 4:OO PM, CALIFORNIA ENDOWMENT CENTER FOR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES, 1000 N. ALAMEDA ST, LOS ANGELES, CA 90012

In this intimate forum, hospital administators, perinatal program managers, directors of nursing, labor and delivery nurses, and clinic program directors will learn about the Opportunities and Challenges of implementing the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative, an evidence-based 10 step plan developed by the Coalition to Improve Maternity Services (http://motherfriendly.org). This plan will help improve maternity care quality, lower costs, improve patient and nurse satisfaction and result in increased business for doctors and hospitals, while meeting objectives for maternal and infant health.

LIMITED TO THE FIRST 35 PEOPLE WHO REGISTER.

Go to: http://​mfci-symposium.eventbrite.c​om/

$20 per person includes breakfast, lunch and materials.

6 CEUs offered for RNs, Childbirth Educators and CHES.

Sponsored by The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health, Hospital of The Good Samaratin, St. Johns Well Child and Family Centers, International Childbirth Education Association, and Educate. Simplify. Creative Resol-VE Healthcare Training Company

Location: California Endowment Center for Healthy Communites, 1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

For more information: 626-388-2191 or email: [email protected]

LAUNCHING AN ONLINE E-MODULE FOR NURSES AND OTHERS - HEART AND HANDS: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF MOTHER-FRIENDLY NURSING

This online module will offer CEUs for RNs, CCEs and CHES, to learn about how to implement the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative in the clinical setting. Coming in 2013.

HOSTING A COMMUNITY-BASED DOULA TRAINING

Community-based doulas provide an expanded role than traditional doulas whose focus historically has been to provide support during labor and immediate postpartum. Community-based doulas work with women throughout pregnancy as well as the birth process and immediate postpartum. In this expanded role they are more like community health promoters with in-depth knowledge of pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding. As caring and trusted companions, they provide social support to reduce stressors associated with preterm labor, support health behavior change in their clients and provide health education information to help optimize empowerment through childbirth and successful breastfeeding.

This course is designed to help maternal infant health workers promote mother-baby friendly care at among their clientele. Emphasis is on addressing ethnic health disparities and the impact of childbirth practices such as induction of labor, cesarean section on poor birth outcomes such as prematurity, low birth weight, infant and maternal mortality. Participants will also learn anatomy and physiology of childbirth and lactation, labor coping skills and the pros and cons of birth interventions. The goal is to help participants empower mothers to be informed decision makers and develop confidence for normal birthing and exclusive breastfeeding. Target Audience: Latina and African-American women living in South Los Angeles and Metro LA, Figueroa Cooridor. Coming in November 2012.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THESE EVENTS, PLEASE CONTACT US AT: 626-388-2191 OR GO TO: http://socalbirth.com/midwifery-school/association-wholistic-maternal-newborn-health

UPDATE #1
August 1-7, 2012, The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health launched a new course, The Perinatal Support Specialist/Community-Based Doula Training. Conducted by Cordelia Hanna-Cheruiyot, MPH, CHES, CLE, ICCE, CBA and Dr. Sayida Peprah, CD, Psy. D for the UCLA Global Center for the Study of Children and Family for their Neighborhood Mother-Mentor Program, a community-based participa
tory research project conducted by Mary Jane Rotherman-Borus, Psy.D, on the impact of mentors in reducing maternal BMI and gestational diabetes. In this 35-hour 5 day training, mother-mentors were taught topics in perinatal health disparities, breastfeeding, cultural awareness, childbirth education, doula support, perinatal nutrition and pre and interconception health education. This was made possible in part by The Laurence H. Tribe Charitable Trust.

In the coming monthsThe Association will be offering this course for the greater LA community for women from communities of color where perinatal health disparities are greatest. We have forged alliances with clinics and community based organizations who understand the role that a prenatal doula can have on helping reduce premature births and helping clients navigate the health care system and acheive the goals of patient empowerment and reducing complications of pregnancy and childbirth, and reaching public health targets to reduce perinatal health disparities.

We invite agencies, individuals and organizations to donate towards our scholarship fund to train 20 Community-Based Doulas. Your donation is tax-deductible as we are a 501c3 non-profit organization. Call us at 626-388-2191 or email: [email protected] to make a donation or to host a training at your organization.

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