The International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) is an infant mortality prevention, breastfeeding promotion and midwife training not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to reduce infant mortality, promote breastfeeding and increase the number of Black midwives and doulas. ICTC builds bridges that link national organizations with grassroots movements and professionals with lay health workers to increase ethnic diversity in the maternal and child health professions, locally and internationally. Since 1991, ICTC has offered intercultural experiences through its trainings, direct service, activism and the International Black Midwives and Healer’s Conference to improve cultural competence of practicing doulas, midwives and health care professionals throughout the world.
The 8th International Black Midwives and Healers Conference (BMHC) will take place October 19-21, 2012 at the Newport Beachside Resort in Miami Beach, Florida. This eighth year, offers midwives, doulas, birth workers and healers from around the globe best practices and cultural traditions in the care of pregnant, birthing and postpartum mothers, to improve birth outcomes and reduce maternal mortality.
Over 250 black and brown Midwives, doulas, healers, labor and delivery nurses, public health professionals practitioners, alternative health practitioners, social workers, community health workers, the public health community, academia, maternal and childcare professionals, childbirth educators, lactation consultants and other health care professionals will explore cultural traditions and best practices in the care of pregnant, birthing and postpartum mother. Participants will engage in interactive Workshops that model the ICTC mission of family empowerment, infant mortality reduction, breastfeeding promotion, and increasing infant and maternal healthcare providers of color, including evidence based prevention and solution training modules.