Heart & Hands Postpartum Doula Training & Certification Program

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Heart and Hands Postpartum Doula Training & Certification Program Mastering the Art of Mother and Baby Care Learn skills to support postp

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Heart and Hands Postpartum Doula Training & Certification Program 

Mastering the Art of Mother and Baby Care

Learn skills to support postpartum mothers and newborns in the first weeks after birth.

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





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.



Home visitors working with mothers and infants, perinatal case managers, CNAs, Medical Assistants, child development students, nursing students with career aspirations in maternal-infant nursing, CPSP workers, early intervention specialists, preschool teachers, nannies, aspiring lactation consultants and educators, and more.


  • 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. All registrants will receive login information and materials prior to the course. Participants must attend all sessions, and participate in discussions and activities. The class will meet twice per week over a two week period.


Dates of course:


Day 1: Monday, October 19

Day 2: Wednesday, October 21

Day 3: Monday, October 26

Day 4: Wednesday, October 28


Hours of Course: 

9:00 am to 2:30 pm (PDT), 4 days, 24 hours total. There will be a half-hour break each day and one 10 minute morning break daily.


Certification as a Postpartum Doula is offered through Happy Mama Healthy Baby Alliance. Certification requirements are:

1) Completion of the exam. The exam is multiple-choice, matching, short answer (due one month after the course).

2) Provide support to three mothers providing postpartum doula support and submit 3 evaluations from mothers served.

3) Submit 3 self-reports on services provided to 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



Group registration is $250 per person when 4 or more people register together. Includes Materials (student manual and PowerPoint will be sent prior to course). Group leader should be assigned. The group leader will create a passcode to give to each person to register.  Participants should select "Pay by Invoice" when choosing payment  type option when their employer is paying by invoice.


The individual rate is $450 per person. Payment plans are available. Please contact Elsie.Gutierrez@motherbabysupport.net to make arrangements. Registration fee  of $100 is required.


We are offering two scholarships for low-income persons of color. Applicants will be chosen by application and interview. Please contact Elsie.Gutierrez@motherbabysupport.net to apply. Deadline to apply is October 1st.



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


Ms. 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. 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 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 a newborn grandson born in August.



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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