Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Training Certification Program
A basic course in lactation counseling/breastfeeding support for community-based doulas, perinatal health workers, nurses, student midwives, student nurses and nannies.
Join our next workshop in Los Angeles or bring this course to your agency as an in-service training for staff.
“This class exceeded my expectations and left me wanting more! I was amazed to learn about the amazing newborn and what she is capable of doing right out of the womb!”
– A participant in the October 2011 course
“After taking this course, I plan to embrace my ancestor’s cultural traditions for mothering and breastfeeding and to share the light of women’s wisdom with future generations.”
– A participant in the February 2011 course
Originally developed in 2002 for the Pasadena Public Health Department Black Infant Health Program, this training is available for perinatal health workers, nurses, and doulas who want to learn lactation support skills. This is an exciting, interactive 3-day 21-hour course which will provide you with basic knowledge, skills and tools for assisting pregnant women and new mothers who want to breastfeed. Cultural awareness, communication skills, the importance of bonding and attachment, and positioning the baby at the breast are just a few of the things you will learn. We offer certification referrals after completion of the course. Certification is optional. Requirements are obtained after the course. No prior experience with breastfeeding is required.
Date of Course: Contact us to schedule this course at your worksite
Day and Time of Course: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, 3 days, 20 hours total
Location: Los Angeles, California. Also can be brought to company location.
Purpose of the Course
The purpose of this course is to give women who want to support other women in breastfeeding their babies the skills and information to do so and to address barriers to breastfeeding initiation and duration.
Increasing breastfeeding initiation and duration in the United States is one of the Healthy People 2020 objectives for the public’s health. Breastfeeding has numerous benefits for mothers and children including lowering rates of infant mortality and morbidity, enhances bonding between mother and infant, and decreases women’s risk of breast, cervical and uterine cancer.
Who Should Attend?
Aspiring lactation educators, aspiring lactation consultants, perinatal case managers, prenatal and postpartum home visitors, community health promoters (Promatoras), Parent Educators, Parent Coaches, Family Health Advocates, Certified Perinatal Health Workers (CPHWs), parent educators, Community Health Outreach Workers (CHOWs), health educators, doulas, childbirth educators, childbirth assistants, midwife assistants, midwifery apprentices, aspiring midwives, student midwives, student nurses, nurses, medical students, mothers, grandmothers, any woman who wants to help other women breastfeed. We encourage women of color to attend to help promote breastfeeding in their communities.
- Common cultural biases and differences and their impact upon the counselor-client relationship.
- Three Step Strategy for communication and lactation counseling.
- Benefits of breastfeeding to infants and mothers, fathers and society.
- The father’s support in breastfeeding success
- Social, political and economic reasons why women don’t breastfeed.
- Nutritional components of breastmilk.
- Types and Phases of Breastmilk
- Anatomical structures of the lactating breast and the role of hormones in the physiology of breastfeeding.
- Helping mothers manage breastfeeding.
- Getting Moms Started: Positioning the Baby at the Breast.
- Common problems encountered by breastfeeding mothers and remedies for these problems.
- Dealing with Mother-Infant Separation: Pumping and Storage of Breastmilk and Describe Safe Milk Handling guidelines.
- Breastfeeding in Special Situations (adoption, prematurity, etc.).
1. Pass certification exam with score of 80%.
2. Assist three mothers with lactation support and provide three self-reports and three client reports.
3. Prepare a community resource list for clients.
4. Annual re-certification is $250.00 + other requirements.
You will receive a 200-page manual for the course.
The Breastfeeding Answer Book (not included in tuition; available for purchase from Le Leche League International. We recommend you purchase this book prior to the training. It is available at the website where you will go to register.
Individual Rate: $400.00 per person. Registration Deadline: 1 month prior to start date.
Agency In-Service Rate: $2700.00 + materials fee of $25 per person. Up to 20 people may attend for this price. Call us to schedule this training at your worksite.
Contact us if you require CEUs.
Cordelia Hanna, MPH, CHES, ICCE, CLE, CBA, Lead Instructor
Cordelia Hanna obtained her Masters in Public Health (MPH) in Health Education and Promotion/Maternal Child Health from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California in 2008 and her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1986. 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 since 1991. Cordelia has taught the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor training since 2002 which she co-developed for Pasadena Public Health Department Black Infant Health Program, where she worked from 2002-2012. Cordelia is passionate about promoting midwives, doulas, promatoras (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 a mother of two home-born, breastfed and attachment-parented children who are now bright and capable young adults and she is also a grandmother of two granddaughters.
Dr. Sayida Peprah, Psy.D., CD, Co- 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. She is also a Certified Doula with Doulas of North America.
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, has participated in numerous international, cultural immersion studies. Previously, she has traveled to Ghana, Mexico, Egypt and India, studying mental health approaches, indigenous culture and local spiritual traditions.
Professionally, Dr. Peprah is both an Educator, Clinician and Consultant. As a clinician, she has worked with a diverse client population and in a variety of clinical settings. Currently, she holds a Deputy Chief Psychologist position with the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons. In this position, she supervises and provides a full spectrum of psychology services for incarcerated men and women. Prior to this, she has worked for several community mental health agencies, providing child, family and adult therapy, and for 2 private psychiatric hospitals, providing psychological services for pediatrics, teens and adults with acute mental health and behavioral disorders.
As an educator, Dr. Peprah has taught for over 5 years, at the graduate and undergraduate levelfor the University of Phoenix, College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ; Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, CA; and West Coast University, in Los Angeles, CA. Additionally, Dr. Peprah has guest-lectured at numerous colleges and conferences, on topics of clinical considerations for working with special ethnic populations including Native Americans, African Americans and Muslim Americans. As often as possible, Dr. Peprah offers cultural competency, mental health and maternal/family health and wellness trainings and workshops to the community.
Overall, Dr. Peprah is dedicated to contributing her academic, professional and personal expertise, both in the field, as a clinician, and as an educator and consultant in academic, non-profit, government and corporate sectors.
Dr. Sayida is also a Birth Doula, who has worked with women of diverse backgrounds; she also offers psychological support for birth professionals and advises The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health on Perinatal Mental Health issues and gives presentations on issues of Birth Justice.
Dr. Peprah is a Co-Instructor with The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health, teaching cultural awareness, cross-cultural communication and perinatal mood disorder content for the organization’s trainings, and is a Psychological Consultant for the organization’s clients both individual and corporate.
Sayida is married and is the mother of two young daughters, both naturally with midwives, one in the hospital and one at home in a birth tub.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be made in writing by deadline (TBA). Tuition will be reimbursed less $50.00 administrative fee if notification received by this date. After this date, there will be no refunds. However in extenuating circumstances such as documented illness or emergency, the tuition is fully transferable to another person or training (this course or another topic); credit is good for the amount of training. If course registering into is higher price, the additional balance will be required. If it is a lesser price, there will not be any refund of balance. Credit will be honored for one year from the training. If not used by that time, the credit will expire.
Special Cancellation Policy for Doulas: If you are “on call” and have a birth during the training, please notify instructor as soon as possible that you will not be attending. The full tuition will be transferred to another person, or different training (this course or another topic) to be used within one year of the training date.If course registering into is higher price, the additional balance will be required. If it is a lesser price, there will not be any refund of balance