Day 2: Postpartum Doula Training Course
Thursday 26 June, 12:00 AM 2014 to 11:45 PM 2014
1000 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA, 90012 (View Map)


The Art of Mother-Baby Care

A Certfication & Training Program


Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, June 25, 26, & 27, 2014

8:30 am to 5:30 pm

The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities

1000 N. Alameda St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

$400.00 Per Person

(Includes Materials)

Limited scholarships available. Please contact us to apply.

In this class, you will learn skills to support new mothers  and care for newborns immediately following birth and the first months, More than a Baby Nurse, a Postpartum Doula provides emotional support, physical care and comfort to the new mother, instruction on self-care and baby care, and instills confidence in her clients for motherhood. She is also trained to recognize perinatal mood disorders and refer the mother as needed to mental health providers. Services also may include breastfeeding support, meal preparation, care of siblings, and linking families to supportive services in the community.


  •  Working with families of diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Communication and Counseling Skills
  •  Breastfeeding
  • Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mothers and Babies
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Lactation
  • Nutritional Components of Breastmilk
  • Breastfeeding Management
  • Myths and Realities of Breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding in Special Situations
    • Biological Nurturing
    • Bottlefeeding
    • Attachment and Brain Development
    • Attachment Parenting
    • Kangaroo Mothercare
    • The Effect of Medical Interventions in Childbirth on Breastfeeding
    • Maternal Care
  • Physical
  •  Emotional
    • Newborn Care
  • Appearance
  • Characteristics
  • Procedures
  • Medical  Issues & Illness
  • Bathing, Swaddling and Soothing Newborns
  • Twins and Multiples
    • Father Involvement
    • Perinatal Loss
    • Postpartum Depression & Other Perinatal Mood Disorders
    • Parenting Stress
    • Child Abuse and Neglect
    • Safety Guidelines for Families
    • Safe Food Handling Guidelines
    • The Doula's Role in Becoming A Family
    • Ethical Guidelines for Postpartum Doulas


    1. Identifies normal and abnormal adjustments to motherhood in the postpartum woman

    2. Supports basic breastfeeding management

    3. Identifies and describes anatomy and physiology of lactation

    4. Provides care and assessment of normal  and premature newborns

    5. Provides physical care and emotional support for postpartum women

    6. Facilitates attachment and bonding of the mother-infant dyad

    7. Identifies and distinguishes between Baby Blues, Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Psychosis and describes appropriate resources for help

    8. Discusses holistic healing approaches for healing after childbirth and common issues of newborn infants

    9. Demonstrates cultural competency when working with families of diverse backgrounds

    10. Demonstates communication and counseling skills for working with clients

    11. Serves as a resource person in the community, linking families to services.

    12. Demostrates care and soothing methods for babies

    13. Describes safe food handling guidelines

    14.  Discusses safety guidelienes for families with children

    15. Discusses impact of perinatal loss on families and demonstrates sensitivity when working with families after a loss

    16. Describes ways to involve father and siblings in care of newborn

    17. Discribes ways to reduce parenting stress

    18. Identifies signs of child abuse and neglect and approriate referral mechanisms.

    19. Follows code of ethics for Postpartum Doulas


    Within one year of course, participants desiring certification with The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health will:

    1. Attend the workshop all two days

    2. Complete take home, open book exam

    3. Complete and Infant CPR course

    4. Compile a Community Resource List for Families

    5. Write a 2- page essay on the role of the postpartum doula in the care team, describing personal goals and mission in the profession.

    6. Assist 3 families in the postpartum period, and submit 3 parent evaluations and 3 self-reports.

    Recertification is annual. $50 recertification fee plus proof of attendance at a continuing education course.


    Cordelia Hanna-Cheruiyot, MPH, CHES, ICCE, CLE, CBA {Primary Instructor}

    Cordelia obtained  her Masters in Public Health (MPH) in Health Education and Promotion/Maternal Child Health from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California and her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), the gold standard for professional health educators, accredited by NCHEC. Cordelia is also an ICEA-Certified Childbirth Educator, CAPPA-Certified Lactation Educator, and ALACE-Certified Birth Assistant who since 1991 has taught Childbirth Preparation Classes and Breastfeeding Education to hundreds of couples in private practice, clinics, public health, hospital and community settings. She has attended births as a Primary Midwife Under Supervision, Assistant Midwife and Labor Companion/Monitrice in homes, birth centers and hospitals throughout Los Angeles County. Cordelia Cordelia was trained by Le Leche League International to train breastfeeding peer counselors and is a co-creator, with Geraldine Perry-Williams, MSN, PHN, of the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Training and Certification Program which she has taught since 2002. Cordelia worked for The Black Infant Health Program for 8-1/2 years,  a California Department of Health funded program to reduce African-American perinatal health disparities. Here she  initiated and managed a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor and Volunteer Doula Program at Pasadena Public Health Department in Pasadena, California. She is passionate about promoting midwives, doulas, promotras (community health promoters) and breastfeeding peer counselors to address ethnic health disparities such as low rates of breastfeeding, high rates of prematurity and cesarean section, and to reduce maternal mortality globally.  Cordelia is married to a man from Kenya, Africa  and is a  mother of two home-born, breastfed and attachment-parented children who are now capable, bright young adults.

     Dr. Sayida Peprah, Psy.D., CD {Guest Instructor}




    Dr. Sayida Peprah, has a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, with a Multicultural Clinical-Community Emphasis, from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. Dr. Peprah completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Religion at Spelman College.  Dr. Peprah’s background, both academically and in the field, afford her unique competence in instructing courses, counseling and consulting, from a multicultural perspective. Dr. Peprah has a strong belief and background in cultural competence and, in effort to expand this, regularly participates in international cultural immersion studies. Previously, she has traveled to Ghana, Mexico, Egypt and India, studying mental health approaches, indigenous culture and local spiritual traditions. Dr. Peprah is currently working for the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, as a Staff Psychologist, providing psychology services for the diverse population of inmates detained in the federal prison.  Dr. Peprah is also a Professor of Psychology for the University of Phoenix, facilitating courses on Diversity and Cultural Factors in Psychology. Dr. Peprah is dedicated to contributing her academic and personal expertise, both in the field, as a therapist, instructor and consultant in academic, non-profit, government and corporate sectors. She is a co-trainer for The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health’s  Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Training and Perinatal Support Specialist Training and Postpartum Doula Training. Sayida is married to a man from Ghana, Africa, and is a mother of two young daughters.


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