Heart and Hands Postpartum Doula Training & Certification Program


In this class, participants 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. Infant and maternal mortality are the highest for African-American, Native-American and Hispanic mothers and babies, so Postpartum Doulas can save lives!


3655 S. Grand Ave. Suite 260
Los Angeles, CA 90007




Classroom instruction includes lecture, demonstration, discussion, experiential processes, role-play exercises, including videos


No prior experience, education or training is required.  Instruction is conducted in English with some Spanish materials (Spanish instructor and course manual can be provided if requested).

    • Home visitors working with mothers and infants

    • OB/GYN Medical Assistants

    • Perinatal Case Coordinators

    • Parent Coaches

    • Family Health Advocates

    • Early Intervention Specialists

    • Infant Mental Health Specialists

    • Promatoras de Salud/Community Health Workers

    • Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs)

    • Licensed Vocational Nurses, (LVNs)

    • Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs)

    • Home Health Aides (HHA)

    • Students of  maternal-newborn nursing,  midwifery, public health, medicine, psychology

    • Pre-School Teachers

    • Nannies & Babysitters

    • LCSWs/MFTs

    • Health Educators& Promoters

    • Childbirth Doulas

    • Midwifery Assistants

Regular Tuition: $450.00  includes materials and certification upon completion of requirements. Due by March 18, 2020.

Deposit for Payment Plan: $100.00 deposit to register.. Contact us to make payment arrangement. Balance Due by March 18, 2020.

Early Bird Special: $350.00  Register by March 6, 2020 Group Discounts:  $250.00 per person for 4-10 persons registering together a Group. The deadline to register is March 18, 2020.

Participants must attend all sessions for the entire time, participate in class discussions, skill demonstrations, role-play exercises, and experiential exercises.

Participants must attend all sessions for the entire time, participate in class discussions, skill demonstrations, role-play exercises, and experiential exercises.

Within one WEEK, participants will:

  • Complete take-home, open-book written exam. Must score 80% to pass. May retake the exam one time if the score is lower than 80%.

 Within one YEAR, participants will:

  • 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.

Re-certification 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 an administrative charge of $100.00.

  1.    The Postpartum Doula as Member of the Maternity Care Team

  2.     Addressing Barriers to Breastfeeding:  Historical, social, political and personal reasons why women don’t breastfeed

  3.     Benefits of Breastfeeding: Mothers, Infants, Fathers & Society

  4.     Recommendations & Initatives

  5.     Communication skills: The Three Step Strategy

  6.     Basics Anatomy and Physiology of Lactation

  7.     Nutritional Components of Breastmilk

  8.     Benefits of Exclusive Breastfeeding

  9.    Getting Moms Started Breastfeeding

  10.    Common problems of breastfeeding and parenting the growing baby

  11.     Promoting Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC)

  12.    SIDS Prevention & Safe Co-Sleeping Guidelines

  13.    The Impact of Childbirth Interventions on Breastfeeding

  14.     Normal and abnormal adjustments to motherhood in the postpartum woman

  15.     Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Identification & Referral

  16.     Promoting Informed Consent & Refusal in Postpartum & Newborn Care

  17.    Newborn Behavior States

  18.    Newborn Appearance

  19.    Newborn Medical Procedures

  20.     Physical care and emotional support of postpartum women

  21.     Helping Clients Cope with Perinatal Loss and Birth Trauma

  22.     Newborn care and soothing methods

  23.      Diapering, Swaddling, Bathing the Newborn

  24.      Child Development: The First Year

  25.       Attachment Theory Basics & Promoting Parent-Infant Attachment

  26.      Trauma-Informed Maternal & Infant Mental Health

  27.    The Postpartum Doula’s role in helping clients become a family.

  28.      Working for Perinatal  Health Justice

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Regular Price


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Cordelia Hanna, MPH, CHES, ICCE, CLE, CBA- Principal Course Leader
Email: Cordelia.Hanna@Motherbabysupport.net

CordeliaCordelia Hanna, MPH, CHES, ICCE, CLE, CBA, 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 2002-2012, a  California Department of Health-funded program to reduce African-American perinatal health disparities. Here, she initiated and managed a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program and established the very first community-based Doula Program for African-American families in Los Angeles County.  Cordelia is passionate about promoting midwives, doulas, promatores de salud (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 and is expecting a new grandbaby in August.

Nakeya Fields, LCSW, PPSE – Co-Course Leader

Nakeya T. Fields, LCSW, PPSE, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, Trauma-Informed Yoga Practitioner, is a mental health entrepreneur, author, speaker, and empowerment coach.

Nakeya is an alumna of the University of Southern California (USC) where she received a BA in Communication, a Master’s in Social Work and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Social Work and Child Welfare and  Attendance. Nakeya is also a Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor and a certified field instructor and clinical supervisor. Nakeya is a 200 HR TT Yoga instructor, certificated in trauma informed restorative yoga and is certified in Mini Yogis Yoga for Kids yoga.  She is licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of California.

She is the owner of Fields Family Counseling Services, which specializes in mental health services that serve the complete family unit. Nakeya is also the Founder, President and Chair of the Board for The Therapeutic Play Foundation, a nonprofit that seeks to build a healthier, more resilient world for those in disadvantaged communities through empowerment, education and play. And she is the Director of The Feel Well Empowerment Center which offers wellness resources such as community workshops (chakra healing, acupuncture, parenting, restorative yoga), books, candles, and aromatherapy.

Nakeya is the best selling author of “Mental Health Entrepreneur – Gain Freedom and Escape the 9-5 Grind: How To Treat Mental Illness and Monetize Your Expertise”, released In April 2018. Her second book, The “Manifest It! Action Planner: An Accountability Tool for the Powerful”, will available in January 2020.

Further, Nakeya acts as a program development and staffing consultant to develop progressive health and wellness programs that incorporate creative modalities within educational, corporate and community-driven organizations. She also provides in-service seminars and is available for book signings, expert panels, speaking engagements, and consultation.


Cancellation must be made in writing by deadline (30 days prior to 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 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.