Cordelia Hanna, MPH, CHES, ICCE, CLE, CBA


Program Director-Health Net Community Doula Program, Executive Director, Principal Course Leader


Cordelia Hanna is our Founder and CEO and  Executive Director of The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health. She is also Program Director of the Health Net Community Doula Program.


Since 1991, Cordelia has been a Certified Childbirth Educator (ICEA & ALACE), Certified Birth Assistant (ALACE), Certified Lactation Educator (CAPPA) and Postpartum Doula. A third generation political activist and community organizer working for peace and social justice, Ms. Hanna has over 27 years’ experience as a maternal health advocate. Cordelia has worked as a Childbirth Activist, Childbirth Educator, Doula, Monitrice, Assistant Midwife and Lactation Educator in public health, clinic, community, and hospital settings. Cordelia is also a direct-entry midwife who trained through apprenticeship with midwives in Los Angeles County. She has a maternity concierge business where she provides support services to expectant and new parents.


Cordelia is a has several certifications which include Certified Childbirth Educator (ALACE & ICEA), Certified Lactation Educator (CAPPA), Certified Birth Assistant (ALACE) and  Certified Health Education Specialist (NCHEC).  In 2008, Cordelia  received her Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Loma Linda University. Cordelia obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1986. Cordelia is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Health Education and Promotion/Global Health at Walden University; her research interests are Maternal Mortality, Obstetrical Violence and Perinatal Health Disparities.


From 2002 to 2012, Cordelia worked for the Pasadena Public Health Department Black Infant Health Program, a California Department of Public Health-funded program to address African-American perinatal health disparities. As a Health Educator for the program, she initiated and coordinated a Community-Based Doula and Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program. She also developed and taught a childbirth education curriculum, addressing an unmet need for Pasadena’s Medi-Cal recipients. Also, Cordelia worked in a Federally-Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in South Los Angeles as a Case Manager Supervisor on the Los Angeles Best Babies Collaborative which was funded by First 5 of Los Angeles County.


Ms. Hanna’s policy and community organizing work in maternal and child health includes  working  with California Association of Midwives (CAM)  to establish a licensure  for California’s direct-entry midwives in 1993,  and  serving as the  Co-Chair of The Evidence in Action Committee of the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) from 2007-2008. Cordelia was also a delegate and volunteer at the first Women Deliver conference in London in 2007, a global forum focused on maternal mortality, women’s rights, and gender equality. Additionally, since 1978, Cordelia has participated in many Landmark Education personal development courses in Personal Transformation, Leadership, Team Building, Project Management, Communication, and Self-Expression.


Ms. Hanna founded The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health in 2010  to address health disparities and to engender a more equitable maternity care system for all childbearing women and persons and their infants. Cordelia is passionate about improving birth outcomes by  providing training opportunities for persons of color to become skilled birth workers and community perinatal health promoters.


Cordelia is a mother of a daughter and son who were home-born, family-bedded, breastfed and attachment-parented,  who are now bright and capable young adults. She is a grandmother to two young girls, and momma to a “fur baby” named Koa, an Australian Cattle Dog.