WHO WE ARE
Happy Mama Healthy Baby Alliance was founded in 2020. HMHBA is a community-based, non-governmental organization located in Los Angeles, California, USA. We are 501 (c) (3) non-profit public charity 509 (a) (2), our IRS name is Wholistic Midwifery School of Southern California, founded in 1993. Formerly, we were known as The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health.
We are multicultural, multidisciplinary perinatal and mental health professionals united in a common vision to promote maternal and infant health, improve maternity care quality and access, reduce perinatal health disparities and achieve social justice in maternal and infant health.Our board of directors, advisory committee and consultants are mental and perinatal health experts with training and expertise in doula support, midwifery, nursing, pre and perinatal psychology, social work, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, preventative care, global public health, and health education and promotion.
OUR FOCUS AREAS
Training, Certification and Continuing Education Programs for Professionals
Childbirth Doula and Postpartum Doula Services
Breastfeeding Support Services
Promoting Maternal Mental Health and Infant Mental Health
Engendering Birthing Justice for All Childbearing Persons
Promoting high-quality, family-centered, evidence-based, respectful maternity and newborn care, and improved health outcomes for all childbearing persons and their babies.
As advocates for families 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 Mother/Baby 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.
We strive to improve birth outcomes for women and infants where perinatal health disparities and inequities exist.
We aim to improve the quality of maternity and newborn care in all settings.
We are dedicated to helping families have empowering, satisfying and joyous experiences from conception through gestation, childbirth, and early parenthood.
Our work focuses on addressing health care disparities and to engendering birthing justice for all pregnant women, persons and their infants. As ethnically diverse, multidisciplinary professionals serving pregnant and parenting families, we offer Doula services, childbirth preparation classes, breastfeeding support, and maternal- infant mental health workshops and support groups.
We also offer professional training, certification, learning and networking opportunities for mental health and perinatal health professionals.