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Working for social justice in maternal and child health.

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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)


Top News Update: January 2019

HEALTH NET ESTABLISHES COMMUNITY DOULA PROGRAM IN COLLABORATION WITH AWMNH

Our Community-Based Doula Program is expanding in 2019. Through a collaboration with Health Net,one of Los Angeles’ largest HMO Medi-Cal providers, this program aims to address persistent disparities in African-American birth outcomes through an innovative, grassroots, community-based approach using Doulas, or community-based childbirth companions. The Health Net Community Doula Program will employ ten, mostly African-American Doulas to work with 150 African-American women who have Health Net Medi-Cal insurance. For more information, contact Cordelia Hanna, Program Director.


WHO WE ARE

“The struggle for birthing alternatives is inseparable from struggles for racial, economic and social justice and the fundamental transformation of global maternal-care systems.” (Chinyere Oparah)

The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health (AWMNH) is a community-based, multicultural organization located in Los Angeles, California working to improve maternal and child health and achieve social justice in maternal and infant health. We are  501 (c) (3) non-profit public charity 509 (a) (2).

We are perinatal professionals joined together with a common vision to promote maternal and infant health, improve maternity care quality and access, reduce perinatal health disparities and work for social justice in maternal and infant health, locally and globally.

Our board of directors, advisory committee and consultants are maternal-child health experts with training and expertise in Doula Support, Childbirth Education, Lactation Counseling, Perinatal Psychology, Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery, and Public Health.

WHAT WE DO

As catalysts for maternity care reform, we are champions for mothers and infants, We promote client-centered, holistic, respectful care for all childbearing persons. Our work aims to improve birth outcomes for all childbearing persons and their infants, with a special emphasis on communities of color experiencing social inequities and perinatal health disparities.

Childbirth Education and Support Services

Our Community-Based Doula Program works mostly with low-moderate income families who have Medi-Cal. We provide childbirth education for expectant parents and doula support and postpartum care for parents-to-be and new parents. We believe every family should have access to a Doula, so we offer volunteer and low-cost Doula support. No-one is turned away for inability to pay. We also accept donations from people who would like to make it possible for disadvantaged persons to have quality Doula support.

Perinatal Professional Training and Networking

We also sponsor networking and training opportunities for mental health,  perinatal and child health professionals through

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certification programs and continuing education opportunities. Our events include The Mother-Friendly Childbirth Symposium, The Birthing Justice Forum and  Annual Maternal-Child Health Advocate Awards Recognition, and film screenings & discussions, seminars which provide opportunities for networking, sharing and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Speakers at our conferences have included leading perinatal professionals including  Dr. Robbie Davis-Floyd, Ph.D.,  Cultural and Medical Anthropologist,  Dr. Christine Morton, Ph.D., Medical Sociologist from Stanford University,  Dr. Sarah Buckley, MD, researcher and author of Undisturbed Birth,  and Dr. Julia Chinyere Oparah,  Sociology researcher at  Mills College, author of   #BattlingOverBirth, a human rights report and social media campaign based on a five-year-long participatory action research project about Black women’s experiences of pregnancy and childbirth in California.

Our Maternal-Child Health Champion Awards have been given to leaders in the movement for Birthing Justice such as  Jennie Joseph, LM, CPM, founder of The JJ WayHermine Hayes-Klein, JD, Birth Rights Attorney  and Founder of Human Rights in Childbirth,  and  Dr. Monica Mclemore, Ph.D., MPH, RN from University of California San Francisco.  We have presented lifetime achievement awards to  Shafia Monroe, founder of the International Center for Traditional Childbearing, and the late Geraldine Perry-Williams, MSN, PHN,  Maternal-Child Health Director for the City of Pasadena, California, Program Coordinator of the Pasadena Public Health Department Black Infant Health Program.

Our organizational partners (past and present) include  California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, California Nurse-Midwives Association and Black Women Birthing Justice

OUR MISSION

To increase access, awareness, and availability of MotherBaby-Friendly Maternity Care. We are also committed to social justice, in order to improve birth outcomes for all women, persons and their newborns.

OUR WORK

The Association of Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health focuses on the intersection of public health and midwifery to address health care 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.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

  • As advocates for mothers and babies, we seek to ensure that all childbearing persons are treated with dignity and respect during the pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum periods.
  • We promote a self-growth approach to pregnancy; which is a special and unique time in a woman’s and a person’s life.
  • We believe each pregnant woman or person 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 relevant approaches to perinatal health.
  • We strive to improve birth 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, childbirth, and early parenthood.

2019 UPCOMING EVENTS

Community-Based Doula Program Expansion (January, 2019).

In collaboration with Health Net, we are expanding our Community-Based Doula Program and will be reaching 150+ clients in 2019.

 

Perinatal Support Specialist Training & Certification Program (June, 2019)

In collaboration with Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, we will be training  community Perinatal Health Promoters/Promatoras de Salud Perinatal  to provide support during pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and breastfeeding.  Learn More

 


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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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