Cordelia Hanna-Cheruiyot


Cutivating Trust in Birth. Supporting Informed Choices.

Prepare to give birth naturally in the hospital, birth center or at home.Group 4-week series or Private instruction in the comfort and intimacy of your own home, or via Skype.




Give your baby the gift of health that lasts a lifetime--breastmilk. Group classes and private consultation via Skype, phone, in your home or the hospital.

Professional labor support can help you have a safer and more satisfying childbirth experience.

Mothering-the-mother, Postpartum Doulas help nurture new mothers and provide information and help with breastfeeding and the new baby. Also a Postpartum Doula help with household and siblings.

Love Notes


"I had an amazing birth experience

from pregnancy to postpartum

with Cordelia!"


" I was initially afraid of labor and birth, but working with Cordelia through her private childbirth education classes calmed me and my husband’s anxiety and helped me feel empowered to have the birth that I truly wanted. My birth was beyond amazing – and even better than what my greatest hopes had been. Not only did she support me through educating me prior and supported me throughout labor, but she came to nurture me at home when I needed it the most… I have not only found the Doula who will support me through my births to come, but I’ve also found a friend. I’m so happy Cordelia was there to support me as I birthed my beautiful baby girl.” -Melissa D.

Perinatal Professional Trainings and Certficiations are offered through The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health

Services Offered


Cordelia Hanna-Cheruiyot, MPH, CHES, ICCE, CLE, CBA is a public health professional with experience and expertise in women’s reproductive health, maternal, infant, child and adolescent health and youth empowerment. Mission driven, dedicated to improving and promoting preventative health care locally, nationally and globally; she's an advocate for women and children. She has worked since 1991 in the Midwifery and Public Health arenas in Los Angeles County .



Professional Experience, Education and Training

Cordelia has a Masters in Public Health (MPH) in Health Education and Promotion/Maternal Child Health from Loma Linda University (2008). She is currently a doctoral student at Walden University, pursuing a Doctorate in Public Health in Health Education and Promotion with an emphasis in Global Health. Cordelia also is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) accredited by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing, the gold standard for professional health educators. In addition, she is a Certified Childbirth Educator with International Childbirth Educaton Association, a Certified Lactation Educator with Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association and a Certfied Birth Assistant with The Association for Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators. She has also received training from California Family Health Council on Family Planning Education. Cordelia's proudest role is being the mother of two home-born, family bedded, attachment parented, breastfed chidren who are now bright and capable young adults.


Cordelia works with diverse families in Los Angeles County who choose hospital, birth center and homebirths, helping them to make informed choices in childbirth and cultivate trust in birth. While most families who choose Cordelia are seeking natural childbirth, she supports all birthing options.


In addition, Cordelia is the founder and Executive Director of a non-profit charity organization, The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health located in Los Angeles. The purpose of this organization is to promote motherbaby-friendly maternity care and engender a more equitable maternity care system for all women. Through the non-profit, Cordelia provides Maternal-Child Health training for perinatal professionals and coordinates learning opportunities for her colleagues. She has developed and teaches numerous courses for health professionals. Learn more at The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health.


Cordelia's services for parents-to-be and new parents incude labor doula support, breastfeeding counseling, postpartum doula support, blessingway ceremonies and family planning education including fertility awareness.


Cordelia is an apprentice-trained midwife and public health professional with expertise in maternal-child health, curriculum development, project management, teaching and training and event planning. She received her midwifery training through Sage Femme School of Midwifery in Encinitas, CA and did midwifery internships in birth centers and homebirth practices located in Los Angeles. She has cared for mothers prenatally, conducted labor managements and deliveries, performed newborn exams and provided well-woman gynecology care under supervison of Licensed Midwives while pursuing licensure as a midwife. Cordelia worked at a public health department on a state-funded program to reduce African-American perinatal health disparities for 9 years. She also worked in Federally-Qualified Health Clinic in South L.A. on a program for pregnant and intraconception women. She has done consulting with several local agencies and clinics and is an approved Health Education Consultant for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Maternal Child Health Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program.


Why Should You Choose Cordelia?


Because she educates about and promotes:


  • Informed consent and refusal in maternity care–not only is it responsible and ethical, women who felt they had decision-making power during birth had improved self-esteem and bonding with their babies;
  • Alternative choices in childbirth such as homebirth, waterbirth, birth centers and midwife assisted birth;
  • Physiological childbirth–it’s natural and normal, and results in healthy outcomes for mothers and infants.
  • The lifelong importance of maternal-infant attachment;
  • Breastfeeding–it protects and improves maternal and infant health for a lifetime and is also eco-friendly.
  • Awareness of spiritual and emotional aspects of birthing;
  • Awareness of the influence of the woman’s social environment on pregnancy, birthing, and breastfeeding;
  • Family involvement in the birthing process;
  • Complimentary modalities for pregnancy and childbirth: acupuncture, chiropractic, herbology, etc.;
  • Attachment parenting and Biological Nurturing as the most sensible way to develop happy and secure children.


In short, Cordelia trusts birth. She believes in you. She will help you develop confidence for birthing, breastfeeding and parenting.

Cordelia will help you develop a vision for your birth; she will support you to manifest it.


Personal History


Cordelia was born in the 1960s to young, idealistic, political activist parents who were professional musicians. She grew up in a household where live music and political debate were an every day occurance. Her parents were Anti-Viet Nam activists in the 1960s at Indiana University-Bloomington. In 1966, Cordelia attended the March on Washington, D.C. to end the war in Viet Nam pushed in a stoller. Thus, the seeds of her social activism were planted early.


Cordelia must have been destined to become a birth worker, as her fascination with birth and babies started when she was just a preschooler. Though she had never witnessed a live birth, as a young child, Cordelia drew a picture of a woman giving birth with the help of two women. One woman stands behind the birth mother who is giving birth seated in a chair, the other female birth attendant is bowing in front of the woman, with arms outstretched to catch the baby. This "Classic Pose" is found in childbirth art and artificats across all cultures from ancient times to the present. At age 11, Cordelia attended her first homebirth, which made an unforgettable impact upon her.


Given these influences at an impressionable age, it was natural that Cordelia would become a birth attendant and Public Health Educator working to endgender a more equitable health care system for all women and children.


In high school and college, Cordelia performed in community theatre, choral and dance productions, studied Experimental Theatre at NYU and Theatre and Dance at Indiana University-Bloomington where she received her Bachelor of Arts in 1986. Cordelia married her high school prom date in 1983 and they moved to Los Angeles in 1986 to work in the entertainment industry. They had two children in 1989 (Aria Eve) and 1991 (Dylan Forest), both born with a midwife at home ecstatically and joyfully. Cordelia studied midwifery, became a childbirth educator and doula. Cordelia and her children's father divorced in 2005. While raising her children and working full time at The Pasadena Public Health Department Black Infant Health Program, Cordelia obtained a Master's in Public Health in Health Education and Promotion/Maternal-Child Health at Loma Linda University in 2008. Cordelia was married for 10 years to a man from Kenya, East Africa. They divorced in 2016.






Pay for Services

P.O. Box 50630, Los Angeles, CA 90050

(323) 222-2112 Cell: (323) 631-7990

Email: cordelia.cheruiyot<at>gmail.com