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California Summit 2016

  • California Endowment Center 1000 North Alameda Street Los Angeles, CA, 90012 United States (map)

Birthing Justice Forum & Maternal-Child Health Champion Awards Ceremony

On May 26th, HRiC will partner with Black Women Birthing Justice, Mamas of Color Rising, and the Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health to host the 2nd Human Rights in Childbirth: US Summit.  This event will convene grassroots activists, legal advocates, and healthcare providers working across the United States to ensure that the human rights of every birthing person are respected and upheld in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.  Attendees will have the unprecedented opportunity to contribute to the first Human Rights in Childbirth U.S. Consensus Statement, a document that will clearly state the human rights violations currently occurring in U.S. maternity care as well as laying a roadmap toward community-based, woman-centered, collaborative care that optimizes healthy outcomes within a respectful, human rights framework.

THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016
8:30 AM to 6:00 PM
California Endowment Center
1000 N. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Cal Endow Map & Directions & Floor Plan

 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MAY 19, 2016 AT 5:00 PMPST.

Maternity care providers and childbirth activists, maternal-infant advocates alike are working to make birth safer and more satisfying for pregnant people everywhere. While all agree that all pregnant people ought to have access to quality care during pregnancy, not everyone receives equal treatment or equal caliber of care in the United States. During pregnancy, place and ethnicity matter. They shape how healthy a mother will be and how well or poorly her child will fare.

This Forum will explore the political, social, systemic and historical reasons for maternal-infant health inequities and disparities in communities of color.

Led by the powerful voices of grassroots leaders intimately familiar with the experiences of black, Latina, Chicana, LGTBQ, and Native American people in US maternity care, the Summit will work through a collaborative process to outline the first Human Rights in Childbirth U.S. Consensus Statement.  This document will identify the human rights violations currently occurring in U.S. maternity care, and create a road map for what is needed to ensure that the rights of every pregnant person are recognized and upheld.  The Summit will also lay the foundational work necessary to implement the Consensus Statement from the grassroots to the grass tops, developing lasting community-based, woman-centered, collaborative maternity care within a human rights framework.


Summit Program

8:00 – 8:30: Registration and Arrival

8:30 – 9:15: Welcomes

  • Cordelia Hanna, Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health
  • Paula Rojas, Mamas of Color Rising
  • Hermine Hayes-Klein, Human Rights in Childbirth

9:15 – 9:45 Coffee Break

9:45 – 12:00 Panel 1

This morning panel of grassroots activists and advocates will describe the maternal health human rights concerns faced by the communities they serve, as well as their own work to advancing justice for all people in pregnancy and childbirth.

Speakers:

  • Julia Chinyere Oparah, Black Women Birthing Justice, co-author of Birthing Justice
  • RaShaunda Lugrand, The InTune Mother Project
  • Dr. Denise Johnston, Families and Criminal Justice
  • Kimberly Turbin, Turbin v. Abbassi
  • Nicolle Gonzales,CNM, The Changing Woman Initiative
  • Indra Lusero, JD, Birth Rights Bar Association and The Elephant Circle
  • Kellee Coleman, Vibrant Woman/Mama Sana

12:00 – 12:30: Reproductive Justice History Exercise

12:30 – 1:15: Working Lunch to Outline Themes for Consensus Statement

1:15 – 1:30:   Identity Exercise

1:30 – 2:30:   Small Group Discussions for Consensus Statement Drafting

2:30 – 3:15  Plenary Discussion for Consensus Statement Drafting

3:15 – 3:30:   Next Steps/ Closing

4:00 – 6:00:   Award Ceremony

Childbirth and Maternal Child Health Awards Ceremony

The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health will honor a spectacular group of Maternal Child Health Champions during a gourmet dinner in the courtyard of California Endowment Center. Honorees will include:

  • Claudia Booker, Birthing Hands DC
  • Jennie Joseph, Commonsense Childbirth
  • Racha Tahani Lawler, The Community Birth Center
  • Indra Lusero, Birth Rights Bar Association
  • Shafia Monroe, International Center for Traditional Childbearing
  • Paula Rojas, Mamas of Color Rising

EXHIBITION SPACE& COMPANY AWARDS DINNER TABLE SALES

If your company would like to be an exhibitor atthis event or purchase dinnertables for the Awards Ceremony, please contact Melissa O’Keefe at MelissaOK@wholisticmaternalnewbornhealth.org or call (626) 388 – 2191 ext 2.

Continuing Education Credit

Pending are CEUs for CNMs, LMs, RNs and CDs and CCEs and CHES and LCSWs

Videoconference Livestreaming (9:00 am to 12:00 pm)

This event will be live-streamed over the internet via http://zoom.us

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MAY 19, 2016 AT 5:00 PM PST.

READ MORE ABOUT THIS EVENT BY CLICKING HERE


Speakers


Sponsors

Letter to Potential Sponsors

Hermine Hayes-Klein, J.D.
President, Human Rights in Childbirth

Dear Sponsor,

We are thrilled to invite you to join us in making history to advance reproductive justice, by sponsoring the 2nd Annual Human Rights in Childbirth: U.S. Summit and Birthing Justice Forum held in Los Angeles, California on May 26th, 2016. This groundbreaking summit will convene grassroots activists, legal advocates, and healthcare providers working across the US to ensure that the human rights of all birthing persons are respected and upheld. This forum will also explore the political, social, systemic and historical reasons for maternal-infant inequities in communities of color, which manifest to this day in significant childbirth mortality disparities between black women and non-black women in the USA. While we all agree that all pregnant people ought to have access to quality care, in reality not everyone experiences equal treatment. During pregnancy and childbirth, place and ethnicity affects the healthcare that women receive and the likelihood that they and their babies will survive.

Led by the powerful voices of grassroots leaders intimately familiar with the experiences of black, Latina, LGTBQ, and Native American people in US maternity care, the Summit will provide attendees with an unprecedented opportunity to contribute to the first Human Rights in Childbirth U.S. Consensus Statement.  This document will identify the human rights violations currently occurring in U.S. maternity care, and create a road map for what is needed to ensure that the rights of every pregnant person are recognized and upheld.  The Summit will also lay the foundational work necessary to develop lasting community-based, woman-centered, collaborative care within a human rights framework.

The success of this endeavor is entirely based on grassroots efforts and generous support from organizations and companies like you. By sponsoring, you will become a partner in creating a world where human rights in childbirth for all are fundamental, and in eliminating mortality disparities by advancing human rights. By being associated with the Summit and Human Rights in Childbirth, your support will receive positive media attention.

Included below is an event fact sheet and information about the levels of sponsorship you may subscribe. If you are interested in sponsoring the Summit, or want to know more about how you can support Human Rights in Childbirth, please contact us! We are excited to speak with you.

Thank you for any and all consideration and we look forward to collaborating.

Sincerely,

Hermine Hayes-Klein, J.D
Human Rights in Childbirth

Factsheet

What is Human Rights in Childbirth?

Human Rights in Childbirth (HRiC) is an international network of some of the most influential thought leaders in human rights and maternity care, individuals and organizations that work to address global maternal and newborn health issues through the lens of human rights in interdisciplinary and innovative ways. Our organization challenges the professional and political segmentation of women’s and children’s health, and advocates for recognition of the full range of human rights at stake in pregnancy, childbirth, and post-partum.

HRiC has successfully organized five international conferences, in The Hague, the U.S., Belgium, Croatia, and South Africa, bringing together lawyers and activists along with doctors, midwives, social scientists, bioethicists and other concerned people for the discussion of the human rights at stake for women and newborns and the practical implications of those rights at the regional level. These conferences enabled the exchange of information about the actions underway in different places toward the development of evidence-based and respectful maternity care, giving rise to ongoing collaborative partnerships and strategic advocacy that has had measurable impact on women’s rights and options in childbirth in local maternity care systems.

In partnership with Black Women Birthing Justice and the Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health, the 2016 HRiC US Summit will also convene grassroots human rights advocates, health care providers and organizations, and community representatives to discuss human rights concerns faced by women in pregnancy, birth and postpartum in the United States, and to map out a strategy for change. This Forum will focus on the political, social, systemic and historical reasons for maternal-infant health inequities and disparities in communities of color. Using a human rights framework, participants will learn about each of the fundamental rights of childbearing persons, including the rights of informed consent and refusal, privacy, equal treatment, and more.

What can be expected at the summit?

The Summit will feature a morning panel of grassroots activists and advocates working in a variety of U.S. settings to advance reproductive justice in maternity care.  In the afternoon, there will be break-out group discussions, featuring experiential learning exercises that enable participants to place themselves in socially constructed identity categories and to recognize the underlying historical, economic and political conditions that disproportionately privilege some identity groups while disadvantaging others.  The collective assembly will work collaboratively to outline a Consensus Statement that reflects stakeholders’ understanding of the human rights violations currently occurring in U.S. maternity care, as well as documenting what is needed to bring U.S. maternity care into alignment with every person’s fundamental rights.  In the evening, an award ceremony will take place to acknowledge those who have demonstrated powerful leadership in advancing reproductive justice. Participants will come away with practical strategies and increased awareness of how to foster respectful and inclusive care and engender a more equitable maternity care system for all.

How is it funded?

The Summit will be funded through registration fees, donations, and sponsorships by organizations like yours.

Who benefits from the Summit?

The Summit will serve to ensure that all women giving birth in the U.S. can count on accessing respectful maternity care that upholds their human rights.  The event will focus on the concerns and needs of the most vulnerable communities experiencing US maternity care, because we believe that by ensuring the needs of women from these communities, we have the best chance of ensuring the universal rights of women from all backgrounds and identities.  The Summit is committed to serving the concerns and needs of the most vulnerable communities experiencing US maternity care.  By elevating the voices of black, Latina, Chicana, Native American, and LGBTQ activists and advocates, the Summit will raise awareness of the human rights concerns that these communities are experiencing, and put the call for solutions to these problems into the hands of the people who are most directly affected.  By developing the Summit Consensus Statement into an operational advocacy document in the months that follow the event, HRiC will continue to work with the Summit attendees to implement these solutions across the US.

When and where is the summit?

The California Endowment Center in Los Angeles, California on May 26, 2016.

Sponsorship Tiers:

Although any level of support is significant and greatly appreciated, below are some suggested donor amounts.


Schedule

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

8:00 – 8:30: Registration and Arrival

8:30 – 9:15: Welcomes

  • Cordelia Hanna, Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health
  • Paula Rojas, Mamas of Color Rising
  • Hermine Hayes-Klein, Human Rights in Childbirth

9:15 – 9:45 Coffee Break

9:45 – 12:00 Panel 1

This morning panel of grassroots activists and advocates will describe the maternal health human rights concerns faced by the communities they serve, as well as their own work to advancing justice for all people in pregnancy and childbirth.

Speakers:

  • Julia Chinyere Oparah, Black Women Birthing Justice, co-author of Birthing Justice
  • RaShaunda Lugrand, The InTune Mother Project
  • Dr. Denise Johnston, Families and Criminal Justice
  • Kimberly Turbin, Turbin v. Abbassi
  • Nicolle Gonzales,CNM, The Changing Woman Initiative
  • Indra Lusero, JD, Birth Rights Bar Association and The Elephant Circle

12:00 – 12:30: Reproductive Justice History Exercise

12:30 – 1:15: Working Lunch to Outline Themes for Consensus Statement

1:15 – 1:30:   Identity Exercise

1:30 – 2:30:   Small Group Discussions for Consensus Statement Drafting

2:30 – 3:15  Plenary Discussion for Consensus Statement Drafting

3:15 – 3:30:   Next Steps/ Closing

4:00 – 6:00:   Award Ceremony

CHILDBIRTH AND MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH AWARDS CEREMONY

The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health will honor a spectacular group of Maternal Child Health Champions during a gourmet dinner in the courtyard of California Endowment Center.

Honorees will include:

  • Claudia Booker, Birthing Hands DC
  • Jennie Joseph, Commonsense Childbirth
  • Racha Tahani Lawler, The Community Birth Center
  • Indra Lusero, Birth Rights Bar Association
  • Shafia Monroe, International Center for Traditional Childbearing
  • Paula Rojas, Mamas of Color Rising

The dinner will be served in the courtyard of California Endowment Center. Attire for this event is semi-formal. View Dinner Menu.  Live music provided by Jazz Pianist Extrordinaire, Grant Levin.

 

 

TICKET OPTIONS

There are several options for registration.  They include:

Group Registration

Please select “Group Registration”  and assign a Group Leader who will create a group name and password. Thispassword can be given to anyone who wants to join your group. The company can sponsor the table and send one check for the whole group or individual group members can register separately by joining the group. Groups are 4-8 people. The dinner table seats 8 persons. We have 9 tables available.

Forum+ Awards Dinner Group Ticket (8:30 amto 6:00 pm)

Price: $2750.00 (groups of 4-8 persons).

Includes: Continental breakfast, materials and CEUs for The Forum. Lunch is on your own. Dinner includes appetizer, beer and wine reception, and dinner meal choice of fish, meat or vegan. View Dinner Menu.

Forum Only – Group Ticket (8:30 am to 3:30 pm)

Includes: Continental breakfast and CEUs for The Forum. Lunch is on your own. Does not include admission to Reception or Awards Dinner.

Price: $1500.00 (groups of 4-8 persons).

Awards Dinner Only – Group Ticket (4:00- 6:00 pm)

Includes: Appetizer, beer and wine reception, and dinner meal choice of fish, meat or vegan. View Dinner Menu

Price: $1250.00 (table of 8 persons)

Individual Registration

Early Bird and regular-priced tickets available. We have limited work-studyneed-based scholarships available. Please contact us to apply.

Video-Conference

Includes: Materials and CEUs. The morning of The Forum will be livestreamed over the internet from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm PST.

Price: $50.00 per person. (Registration Ends May 19).

Forum + Awards Dinner – Individual Early Bird

Includes: Continental breakfast, free parking, materials and CEUs. Lunch is on your own. Includes admission to reception and dinner meal coice of fish, meat or vegan. View Dinner Menu

Price: $275.00

Forum Only – Individual Early Bird Ticket

Includes: Breakfast, free parking, materials and CEUs. Lunch is on your own. Does not include admission to reception or dinner.

Price: $150.00 (ends Feb. 28)

Awards Dinner Only – Individual Early Bird Ticket

Includes: Breakfast, free parking,  materials and CEUs. Lunch is on your own. Does not include admission to Forum.View Dinner Menu.

Price: $100.00 (ends Feb, 28)

Forum + Awards Dinner Regular Ticket

Includes: Breakfast, free parking, materials, CEUs. Lunch us on your own. Also includes reception and dinner.View Dinner Menu.

Price: $325.00 per person.

Forum Only Regular Ticket

Includes: Breakfast, free parking, materials, free parking and CEUs. Lunch is on your own. Does not include admission to reception or dinner.

Reception + Dinner Only Regular Ticket

Includes: Beer & wine reception and dinner. Parking is free. View Dinner Menu

Price: $125.00 per person.

Have questions about BIRTHING JUSTICE FORUM? Contact The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health


Attend

TICKET OPTIONS

There are several options for registration.  They include:

Group Registration

Please select “Group Registration”  and assign a Group Leader who will create a group name and password. Thispassword can be given to anyone who wants to join your group. The company can sponsor the table and send one check for the whole group or individual group members can register separately by joining the group. Groups are 4-8 people. The dinner table seats 8 persons. We have 9 tables available.

Forum+ Awards Dinner Group Ticket (8:30 amto 6:00 pm)

Price: $2750.00 (groups of 4-8 persons).

Includes: Continental breakfast, materials and CEUs for The Forum. Lunch is on your own. Dinner includes appetizer, beer and wine reception, and dinner meal choice of fish, meat or vegan. View Dinner Menu.

Forum Only – Group Ticket (8:30 am to 3:30 pm)

Includes: Continental breakfast and CEUs for The Forum. Lunch is on your own. Does not include admission to Reception or Awards Dinner.

Price: $1500.00 (groups of 4-8 persons).

Awards Dinner Only – Group Ticket (4:00- 6:00 pm)

Includes: Appetizer, beer and wine reception, and dinner meal choice of fish, meat or vegan. View Dinner Menu

Price: $1250.00 (table of 8 persons)

Individual Registration

Early Bird and regular-priced tickets available. We have limited work-studyneed-based scholarships available. Please contact us to apply.

Video-Conference

Includes: Materials and CEUs. The morning of The Forum will be livestreamed over the internet from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm PST.

Price: $50.00 per person. (Registration Ends May 19).

Forum + Awards Dinner – Individual Early Bird

Includes: Continental breakfast, free parking, materials and CEUs. Lunch is on your own. Includes admission to reception and dinner meal coice of fish, meat or vegan. View Dinner Menu

Price: $275.00

Forum Only – Individual Early Bird Ticket

Includes: Breakfast, free parking, materials and CEUs. Lunch is on your own. Does not include admission to reception or dinner.

Price: $150.00 (ends Feb. 28)

Awards Dinner Only – Individual Early Bird Ticket

Includes: Breakfast, free parking,  materials and CEUs. Lunch is on your own. Does not include admission to Forum.View Dinner Menu.

Price: $100.00 (ends Feb, 28)

Forum + Awards Dinner Regular Ticket

Includes: Breakfast, free parking, materials, CEUs. Lunch us on your own. Also includes reception and dinner.View Dinner Menu.

Price: $325.00 per person.

Forum Only Regular Ticket

Includes: Breakfast, free parking, materials, free parking and CEUs. Lunch is on your own. Does not include admission to reception or dinner.

Reception + Dinner Only Regular Ticket

Includes: Beer & wine reception and dinner. Parking is free. View Dinner Menu

Price: $125.00 per person.

Have questions about BIRTHING JUSTICE FORUM? Contact The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health

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