Postpartum Doula Training

Heart and Hands Postpartum Doula Training & Certification Program

Mastering the Art of Mother and Baby Care

Learn skills to support new mothers and care for newborns immediately following birth and the first months

This training can be brought to your agency or you can join one of our courses in n Los Angeles.



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

Instructors Tai Carson (L) & Cordelia Hanna (R), Teaching About Care of the Perineum After Childbirth, Los Angeles, 2014.

the new mother, instruction on self-care and baby care, and instills confidence in her clients for motherhood. Services also may include breastfeeding support, meal preparation, care of siblings, and linking families to supportive services in the community.


The instructional methods include lecture, demonstration, discussion, and experiential processes including videos.

Dates and Location of Course:  Call us for Dates or to Schedule at your agency

Days and Hours of Course: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, 3 days, 20 hours total.


$400.00 per person, includes materials and certification upon completion of requirements.

$100.00 deposit to register. Balance due 1 week prior to first day of course.

Early Bird Special: $300.00 per person. Register 12 weeks prior to the course.

Group Discounts:  $200.00 per person  for 4 or more persons registering together.

In-Service  Option:  This course can also be brought to  your worksite, or we can host a private class at our office in downtown Los Angeles. For In-service, there is a global fee and up to 15  persons may attend. Contact us for details and to schedule an in-service.


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

  •      Complete take-home, open-book written exam.
  •      Complete and Infant CPR course and submit proof of certification.
  •      Compile a Community Resource List for Families.
  •      Assist 3 families in the postpartum period, and submit 3 parent evaluations and 3 self-reports.

Recertification is annual. $250 re-certification fee plus proof of attendance at a continuing education course must be submitted. If requirements are not met within 12 months of course, there will be a charge of $100 for certification.


  1.    The role of the Postpartum Doula as a member of the maternity care team.
  2.     Ethical guidelines for Postpartum Doulas.
  3.     Social, political and personal reasons why women don’t breastfeed.
  4.     Benefits of breastfeeding to mothers, infants, fathers, grandmothers and society
    Doula Training in Los Angeles, The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newbornhealth,

    Closing Circle. Los Angeles, 2014.

  5.     Cultural awareness when working with mothers of diverse backgrounds.
  6.     Communication skills to help address mothers concerns about breastfeeding, newborn care and postpartum.
  7.     Anatomy of the lactating breast and the physiology of how the breasts make milk.
  8.     Nutritional components of breastmilk and how they are uniquely suited to support the growth and development of human infants.
  9.     Supporting the breastfeeding mother and get the baby latched on correctly.
  10.     Management of  breastfeeding so it works for the mother.
  11.     Common problems of breastfeeding and parenting the growing baby.
  12.     Attachment Parenting and Child Development in the first year.
  13.     Kangaroo Mother Care—a method of caring for newborns which promotes physiological regulation of the newborn.
  14.     Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and two approaches to prevention: Back to Sleep and Co-Sleeping.
  15.     The impact of birth interventions on breastfeeding.
  16.     Normal and abnormal adjustments to motherhood in the postpartum woman.
  17.     Care and assessment of full-term newborns.
  18.     Physical care and emotional support for postpartum women.
  19.     Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders including Baby Blues, Postpartum Depression and Postpartum   Psychosis and  appropriate resources for help.
  20.     Newborn care and soothing methods.
  21.     The impact of perinatal loss on families and working with families after a loss
  22.     Reducing parenting stress.
  23.     Types and signs of child abuse and neglect and appropriate referral mechanisms.
  24.     The Postpartum Doula’s role in helping clients become a family.
  25.     Safe Food Handling Guidelines.


Cordelia Hanna, MPH, CHES, ICCE, CLE, CBA Principal Course Leader


Hair & Make Up & Photo by Heidi Light (1heidi1light)

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 is an apprenticeship-trained midwife, who has worked as an Assistant Midwife and Labor Companion/Monitrice in homes, birth centers and hospitals throughout Los Angeles County. Cordelia worked for The Pasadena Public Health Department Black Infant Health Program from 2002-2009,  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. 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 family-bedded children who are now bright and capable young adults and she is  a grandmother of two young girls.


Dr. Sayida Peprah, Psy.D., CD, Co-Instructor

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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 and offers services through Conscious Surrender Birthing. 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.   As an educator, Dr. Peprah has taught for over 5 years, at the graduate and undergraduate level. Currently, she is a Professor of Psychology for the University of Phoenix, facilitating online courses in Diversity and Cultural Factors in Psychology. Additionally, Dr. Peprah has guest-lectured at numerous colleges, 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.


Khefri Riley, CPYT, CD, CLEC, CHBD, Co-Instructor

Khefri Riley

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Khefri Riley is a Doula Supervisor with our Health Net Community Doula Program. She is also a course leader for our trainings, teaching labor support skills.

Khefri Riley is a Childbirth and Prenatal Yoga Specialist. She brings over 16 years experience as a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor, Birth and Postpartum Doula, Newborn Care and Childbirth Educator and Hypnobabies “Hypno-doula”.

Khefri’s foray into the world of babies and families has it’s inspiration from her paternal great-grandmother, an indigenous granny midwife from the deep south. In addition to being a mother to 17 year old son Zen, Khefri has her Pre-Natal Yoga Certification from Golden Bridge Yoga, is a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor from UC San Diego, Certified Itsy Bitsy Yoga Facilitator, Certified Yoga Ed. Instructor, trained miniyogis teacher, trained Hypnobabies Hypno-doula and trained Doula with D.O.N.A (Doulas of North America). Khefri has attended over 300 births and has taught thousands of mothers, father, and babies the joys of new motherhood and yoga.

Khefri has worked internationally in the development of multi-cultural award winning cultural events, interactive content and educational programming. As a facilitator of parenting, yoga and arts based curriculums for kids, teens, and at-risk youth, she has touched the lives of thousands of children. In turn she has found that it is the children that keep safe human kind’s greatest values. She has delivered kids yoga, childbirth and mindfulness based public health workshops for the Los Angeles Unified School District, Kaiser-Permanente Hospital, Birthing People Foundation and The Fresno Department of Mental Health. Her classes have been featured in People Magazine, NBC & Fox Ch. 11 News. Her poetry has been published in many anthologies, notably the Woman’s Press & Blackwater Review. She is passionate about preserving the art of the intuitive wise woman through everyday experiences. Sharing her multi-disciplinary knowledge with others, she leads large group trainings for parents, teachers, healthcare professionals and educators. She is Founder of, and Urban Goddess Lifestyle in addition to being Postpartum Director and Birth Partner Doula of Los Angeles Birth Partners.



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.