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The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health

Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 8:30 AM - Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 5:30 PM (PST)


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 Two Weekends:

Saturday & Sunday, January 20 & 21, 2018 and Saturday & Sunday, January 27 & 28, 2018 

Arcadia Birth Center, Arcadia, California 

For more detailed information on this course, please go to our website. 



Dates of Training:  Two Saturdays &  Sundays, January 20 & 21 and January 27 & 28, 2018.

Location of Course: Arcadia Birth Center, 420 Rolyn Pl. Ste. B, Arcadia, CA 91007

Format of Course: Lecture, Demonstration, Skills Assessment, Written Exercises

Days and Hours of Course: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm daily with a 1-hour lunch break and two 15-minute breaks, morning and afternoon.

Tuition: $750 per person. Early Bird: $650 per person.  Groups of 4 or More: $500 per person. We offer payment plans. Contact us for details.  Includes continental breakfast and certification and assistance with placement in midwifery practice after sucessful completion of the skill demonstration and written exam.

Scholarship: We are offering two work-study scholarships for two attendees. Contact us for application and interview. Must have a commitment to midwifery profession and demonstrated financial need. The scholarship recipient will be chosen by application and interview.


  • Persons interested in supporting families during pregnancy and childbirth and immediately postpartum. Also, interest in assisting midwives with prenatal care, births in out-of-hospital birth centers and private homes and post-delivery care.
  • Persons with training as a CNA, CMA, LVN, RN, EMT, Paramedic, Physicians Assistant,  OB/GYN Nurse-Practitioner, Doula or Childbirth Educator or Midwifery Student. 
  • Persons who had an out-of-hospital birth with their own child(ren).


No. This course will teach you the skills and academic knowledge to assist midwives in out-of-hospital settings (birth centers and homes). At the sucessful completion of this training, you will have the opportunity to have an internship with Chemin Perez, LM, CPM at the Arcadia Birth Center in Arcadia, CA. Upon sucessful completion of the course and internship, Chemin will give you a letter of recommendation you can use to apply to assist other midwives. 


 In September 2015, California Senate Bill No. 408 passed, creating a NEW profession in  California! An act to add Section 2516.5 to the Business and Professions Code, relating to healing arts. Midwife Assistant means a person, who may be unlicensed, who performs basic administrative, clerical, and midwife technical supportive services in accordance with this chapter for a licensed midwife or certified nurse-midwife. The midwife assistant should have had at least the minimum amount of hours of appropriate training pursuant to standards established by The California Medical Board for a medical assistant pursuant to Section 2069.


Midwife technical supportive services.  This means simple routine medical tasks and procedures that may be safely performed by a midwife assistant who has limited training and who functions under the supervision of a licensed midwife or certified nurse-midwife.

Where do Midwife Assistants Work? They may work in Clinics, Birth Centers, and Midwifery offices and homebirth and birth center settings. According to the law, they may not work in acute care hospitals. They may be employed by Licensed Midwives and Certified Nurse-Midwives and Birth Centers.

Are Midwife Assistants Licensed Medical Providers?

No. They are similar to Certified Nursing Assistants, who work with physicians and mid-level practitioners such as Physician Assistants and Nurse-Practitioners in clinics and medical offices, and have a limited scope of practice that does not include the authority to diagnose or make independent clinical decisions. They must be supervised directly at all times by the Licensed Midwife (LM)  or Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) when providing care to clients.

What Can A Midwife Assistant Expect to be Paid?

This varies. It is a range depending upon the experience of assistant and from midwife to midwife. The hourly rate is anticipated to be between $12.00-20.00 per hour. The per-birth rate ranges from $300.00-700.00 per birth,depending upon experience and the community standards .


  • Introduction to Midwifery in America
  • Ethics and Communication Skills for Birth Assistants
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Taking blood pressure, pulse, and temperature
  • Handling of cultures & urine specimens
  • Phlebotomy & Venipuncture (blood draws)
  • Charting for prenatal care
  • Auscultation of fetal heart-tones using various methods
  • Palpation of  fetal position, lie, presentation and weight
  • Set up for Intravenous Administration
  • Aseptic Technique
  • Set up for suturing, assisting midwife with suturing
  • Bathing and ambulation of mother
  • Newborn Examination
  • Anatomy & Physiology of Parturition 
  • Newborn Testing Protocols 
  • Estimating blood loss
  • Performing injections
  • Emergency birth skills & assisting during hospital transports
  • Administration of oxygen to mother or baby
  • Charting for Antepartum & Postpartum
  • Medical instrument sterilization methods
  • Introduction to The Midwife's Bag
  • Preparation of birth room
  • Handling of Placenta (Not encapsulation)
  • Supporting breastfeeding
  • Cultural Awareness & Cross-Cultural Communication


  • Certification in Neonatal Resuscitation/Advanced Pediatric Life Support (we can refer you to where to take classes).
  • Basic CPR Certification for adults and infants.
  • Attendance at three births as a childbirth companion (preferably, one of these should be an out-of-hospital birth; one's own out-of-hospital birth can be counted).


  • 18 years of age minimum
  • High School diploma or GED
  • Some college is suggested, as there will be reading of medical material and exam-taking in course
  • Training and certification as a Doula, CNA, MA, LVN, RN, EMT, PA, or other medical or nursing experience.


  1. Within one month of completion, of course, students will prepare a Midwife Assistant resume and cover letter to prospective midwife employers and submit it to course organizer.
  2.  Successful skill practicum examination, conducted in the training.
  3.  Passing written exam at 70%.
  4.  Documented completion of required number of clinical hours as defined by California Medical Board and validated by a Licensed Midwife or Certified Nurse-Midwife. (We can assist with placement).


Cordelia Hanna-Cheruiyot, MPH, ICCE, CLE, CBA , Founder & Executive Director, The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health

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

Has been involved in the birth field since 1991. She is a Certified Childbirth Educator (ALACE), Certified Lactation Educator (CAPPA), Certified Birth Assistant and Postpartum Doula and Assistant Midwife. She has been assisting midwives in out-of-hospital settings for two decades. As an apprenticeship-trained midwife, she was Primary Midwife Under Supervision while pursuing licensure as a midwife. She has a Masters in Public Health in Health Education and Promotion/Maternal and Child Health from Loma Linda University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist accredited by National Commission on Health Education Credentialing. She is the founder and Executive Director of The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health, the organization putting on this workshop. She is a mother of two home-born, family-bedded, attachment-parented, breastfed children who are now bright and capable young adults.


Chemin Perez, LM, CPM, Founder,  Arcadia Birth Center & New Life Midwifery

Chemin Perez, LM, CPM is a California Medical Board Licensed Midwife and Certified Professional Midwife accredited by North American Registry of Midwives. Chemin is the first Licensed Midwife of Mexican-American decent in Los Angeles and is bi-lingual in Spanish. She is the founder and Midwifery Director at New Life Midwifery's Arcadia Birth Center located in Arcadia, CA. She is a 2014 graduate of the National College of Midwifery. Chemin has attended births in hospitals, birth centers and homebirth in Utah, Washington and Los Angeles. She apprenticed with several Licensed Midwives. Chemin chose to have a home birth attended by a midwife when she was pregnant with her first child at the age of 16. Her experience was life changing. Chemin was treated with such respect, love, and care throughout her pregnancy by her midwife, it influenced her to pursue her journey as a midwife.She is a mother of eight children and is a grandmother of three.   Chemin comes from a long line of midwives and Curanderas in Mexico. She was inspired to become a midwife by her Abuela. She is a Christian and her practice is based on biblical principles. Chemin worked as a Doula for several years prior to becoming a midwife. She founded the Arcadia Birth Center in Arcadia, CA in 2016. She is a midwifery preceptor for the National College of Midwifery and mentors midwifery students.



Dr. Sayida Peprah, Psy.D., CD


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 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. She has worked for several community mental health agencies and custody services, 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 level.  Currently, she is a Professor of Psychology for the University of Phoenix, facilitating online courses in Diversity and Cultural Factors in Psychology.  Past courses taught have been Research Methods & Program Evaluation at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ; Research Methods and Critical Analysis, Interface of Society, Cross-Cultural Morals & Values, African American History and African American Psychology at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, CA; and Life Span Psychology at West Coast University, in Los Angeles, CA.  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 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. Sayida is also a Birth Doula, who has worked with women of diverse backgrounds, and is a Board Member and 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 pool.





Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes, must be 18 years of age prior to the course.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is available for free in the Arcadia Birth Center lot or on the street.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Call (626) 388-2191 or email training


What's the refund policy?

There are no refunds. If you cannot attend, you will be given a credit to attend this training or one of our other courses within 1 year of this training.


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Arcadia Birth Center
420 Rolyn Place, Suite B
Arcadia, CA 91007

Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 8:30 AM - Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 5:30 PM (PST)

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The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health




Who We Are

We  are  a community-based  501 (c) (3) non-profit public charity 509 (a) (2) located in Los Angeles, California Our team of perinatal professionals  have  expertise in medicine, nursing, pyschology, midwifery, public health, doula support and childbirth education.


Our Mission

To increase access, awareness and availability of MotherBaby-Friendly Maternity Care.


Our Work

The Association of Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health  focuses on the intersection of public health and midwifery  to address  healthcare disparities and to engender a more equitable maternity care system for all women and infants. Our focus areas are:


1) Education for Birth Preparation and Cultural Change

2) Advocacy  for Maternal-Infant Healthcare Policy Reform

3) Expanding  Access to MotherBaby-Friendly Maternity Care


What We Do

We provide staff development training for community perinatal  health workers, nurses, and other professionals. We design community-based initiatives, engage and mobilize  diverse stakeholders to develop wholistically-oriented programs  and policies that improve maternal and child health.


We also provide education, support and advocacy for pregnant women and new families.


 Donations are tax-deductible to Wholistic Midwifery School of Southern California DBA The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health, a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization, 509 (a) (2) public charity. We are qualified to receive tax-deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the IRS  code.

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