Heart and Hands Postpartum Doula Training

Heart and Hands Postpartum Doula Training

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$0 – $550

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Online event

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No Refunds

This training will give you the skills to care for new mothers and newborns in the immediate postpartum period.

About this event


Please note: This program is not affiliated with Elizabeth Davis, or the National College of Midwifery.


This class will be offered on Zoom until further notice.


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. Services also may include breastfeeding support, meal preparation, care of siblings, and linking families to supportive services in the community.



  •  Social service providers working with perinatal populations
  • Public Health Nurses
  • Fatherhood /Male Involvement Program Workers
  • Nurses and Nursing Students working in postpartum
  • CNAs and LVNs
  • Case Managers working with pregnant and postpartum women
  • College students majoring in health or social sciences
  • Birth Doulas
  • Midwifery Students
  • Nursing Students & nurses working in postpartum
  • Parent Educators
  • Home Visitors
  • Mothers and Grandmothers


  • Scope of Practice of Postpartum Doulas
  • Communication & Counseling Skills for Postpartum Doulas
  • Addressing Barriers to Breastfeeding: Socioecological Model
  • Benefits of Breastmilk and Breastfeeding
  • Anatomy & Physiology of Lactation
  • Getting Moms Started with Breastfeeding - Techniques that work
  • Dealing with Common Problems of Lactation
  • Breastfeeding in Special Situations (Twins, HIV+, Premature baby, etc.)
  • Impact of Obstetrical Interventions on Breastfeeding
  • Child Development in First Year
  • Working with Parents with High ACE Scores
  • Attachment Theory Basics
  • Attachment Parenting Practices
  • Child Development in the First Year
  • SIDS Prevention & Safe Co-Sleeping Practices
  • Physical Care of Postpartum Mothers
  • Emotional Support of Postpartum Mothers
  • Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Physical Care of Newborns - Swaddling, Bathing, etc.
  • Newborn Medical Procedures
  • Newborn Appearance & Behavior
  • Helping Mothers & Partners Cope with Perinatal Loss
  • Helping Parents Deal with Parenting Stress
  •  Cultural Awareness & Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Working for Perinatal Health Justice



The training will be held via videoconferencing on Zoom. Participants should have a computer with Chrome or Firefox Browser, earphones or phone for audio. Login information and course materials (Student Manual and PowerPoint) will be sent via email prior to the training.

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

 Location of Course:

Location will be online on Zoom.


Dates of course:

Day 1: Wed. September 14

Day 2: Friday, September 16

Day 3: Wed. September 21

Day 4: Friday, September 23

Hours of Course: 

9:00 am to 2:30 pm (PST), 4 days, 24 hours total. There will be a 30-minute lunch break and a 10-minute break in the morning.


Individual Rate - $550 per person

Early Bird Rate - $450 per person for groups of 4-10 persons: $350 per person

Self-Study Option: $150 per person (includes recording of all sessions, powerpoint and student manual).

Scholarships: Two half scholarships for low-income BIPOC persons are offered ($225). Please contact us regarding application.


Certification as a Postpartum Doula is offered through Happy Mama Healthy Baby Alliance. Certification requirements are listed below. Students will have 6 months from course completion to submit the following:

1) Completion of the take-home exam. The exam is multiple-choice, matching, short answer.

2) Provide postpartum care to 3 mothers and obtain 3 client evaluations.

3) Submit 3 self-reports on services provided to 3 mothers served

4) Submit proof of Infant, Child and Adult CPR

5) Write a 1–2-page personal essay on your role on the birth team, including your ambitions as a Postpartum Doula or the maternity care field

6) Compile a Community Resource List for client services


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

 Ms. Hanna obtained her Master's 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. Ms. Hanna 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 2002-2012, a California Department of Health-funded program to reduce African American perinatal health disparities. Here she initiated and managed a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor and the first Community-Based Doula Program in Los Angeles County serving African American families. Cordelia trained Community Health Promoters in South Los Angeles working with Esperanza Community Housing Corporation's Promatora de Salud Program. Cordelia is passionate about promoting midwives, doulas, promotores de salud (community health promoters) to address ethnic health disparities such as low rates of breastfeeding, high rates of prematurity and cesarean section, and to reduce maternal and infant mortality.  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 and one grandson.



Cancellation must be made in writing by the deadline (30 days prior to the first day of the course). 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 the course registering is a higher price, the additional balance will be required. If it is a lesser price, there will not be any refund of the 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 the 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 the course registering is higher price, the additional balance will be required. If it is a lesser price, there will not be any refund of the balance.

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