Birth Doula

Cordelia Hanna-Cheruiyot

 

Cutivating Trust In Birth. Supporting Informed Choices.

 

Call Today: 323-222-2112

 

Birth Doula

Cordelia Hanna-Cheruiyot, MPH, CHES, ICCE, CLE, CBA, is one of the most experienced Birth Doulas in Los Angeles, California. Cordelia has been attending births as a labor companion for 27 years and is a Certfied Birth Assistant with The Association for Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators (ALACE) and has been a Midwife Assistant and Primary Midwife Under Supervision of Licensed Midwives. She is also a Certified Childbirth Educator (ICEA), Certified Lactation Consultant (CAPPA), Postpartum Doula, and Certified Health Education Specialist (NCHEC). More than a doula, Cordelia brings her years of experience and training as a midwife, plus a Masters in Public Health in Health Education and Promotion/Maternal Child Health (Loma Linda University) to her work with expectant parents and newborns. She considers it an honor to be of service to each divine mother and child.

 

While most women choosing Cordelia want natural childbirth, she supports all birthing choices including nitrous oxide, epidural and analgesic pain relief. Cordelia has done labor support at several birth centers and hospitals in Los Angeles County and has worked with many nurse-midwives, licensed midwives and obstetricians. Her clients live all over Los Angeles, but most are in North East Los Angeles in the communities of Pasadena, Altadena, La Canada/Flintridge, Montrose, Glendale, Highland Park, South Pasadena, Mt. Washington, Silverlake, Los Feliz, Echo Park, Eagle Rock, Downtown. She also is a member of the collective of doulas of Los Angeles Birth Partners, located in Santa Monica, serving clients on the Westside of Los Angeles including communities of Santa Monica, Marina del Rey, Playa Vista, Culver City, Pacific Pallasides and Malibu.

 

Cordelia has been providing birth support to Los Angeles's families since 1991 in private homes, freestanding birth centers and hospitals. Hospitals where Cordelia has attended births are Cedars Sinai Medical Center, St. Johns, Santa Monica Hospital, Kaiser Sunset, Kaiser West LA, Kaiser Woodland Hills, Huntington Hospital, Good Samaratan Hospital, Ronald Reagan UCLA Westwood, Pomona Valley Hospital, Long Beach Memorial, St. Josephs, California Hospital Medical Center, Glendale Adventist, Glendale Memorial, Verdugo Hills Hospital, Arcadia Methodist, Little Company of Mary.

 

Cordelia has been a Primary Midwife Under Supervision while she was pursuing her midwifery license, where she conducted prenatal exams, managed labors, performed deliveries, newborn exams and postpartum examination and provided hands-one assistance for breastfeeding. In addition to her work in out of hospital settings, Cordelia provides labor doula support for women giving birth in hospitals, helping them to cultivate trust in birth, make informed choices, and cope with labor by using a variety of techniques -- breathing, relaxation, position changes, water immersion, creative visualization, prayer, massage, vocalization, and energy work.

 

Cordelia gave birth ecstatically and naturally at home with a midwife, breasfed, and family bedded her two children who are now bright and capable young adults.

 

In addition to labor support, can prepare you for birth with Childbirth Preparation Classes taught in the comfort and intimacy of your own home.

 

Many women fear the pain of childbirth. However, when pregnant women cultivate an awareness of the sacred nature of childbirth, they can embark upon the journey prepared for a Rite of Passage. Guided by an experienced labor companion such as Cordelia, the birth of your baby can be the most imporant and powerful experience your your life.

 

Cordelia will help you with emotional support, physical comfort, information, encouragement and keep you focused on the spiritual nature of childbirth. Bringing two decades of experience and training in birth support, Cordelia will be your advocate during labor, helping to implement your birth plan and cope with the challenges of labor. Cordelia can also integrate your children into the birth if desired and can support your partner as well providing him/her with needed reasurrance. If your birth does not go as planned, Cordelia can help you through the emotional challenges that such dissapointment brings. Through a diverse network of professionals Cordelia works with, she can give your referrals to prenatal & postpartum yoga instructors, hypnotherapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, as well as perinatologists, pediatricians, lactation consultatants. etc.

 

Numerous studies have shown that labor support can help you have:

  • A shorter labor
  • Fewer medical interventions
  • Less pain medication
  • Decreased risk of cesarean section
  • Increased breastfeeding sucess
  • Improved interaction with your baby
  • Less postpartum depression
  • More satisfaction with your birth

 

As Dr. Christiane Northrup said, "If a Doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it." Don't give birth without a trusted and experienced companion like Cordelia to guide you and faciliate an extraordinary birth experience for you.

 

Blessingway Ceremonies - An Alternative to the Conventional Baby Shower

 

In addition, Cordelia can facilitate a special Blessingway Ceremony; based on a Navajo Fertility Rite of Passage, this can be done as an alternative to or in conjunction with a conventional baby shower. This lovely ceremony can help expectant mothers and partners to transform fear into trust, and prepare spiritually for birth. This ceremony can be customized to any religious tradition and location.

 

BIRTH PACKAGES OFFERED

 

Services offered on a sliding scale for low-income families on Medi-Cal. Please contact Cordelia for details.

 

Princess Package -$2,000

  • Pre-Birth Meeting (90 minutes)
  • 1 Prenatal Visit (go with you to doctor/midwife visit)
  • Labor Support During Birth (24 hours)
  • Postpartum Follow Up Visit between 3 days and 1 Week (Breastfeeding Support included).

 

Queen Package - $2,500

  • Pre-Birth Meeting (60 minutes)
  • 1 Prenatal Visit (go with you to doctor/midwife visit)
  • 6 Hours Private Childbirth Education (in your home)
  • Labor Support During Birth (24 hours)
  • 1 Postpartum Follow Up Visit between 3 days and 1 Week (Breastfeeding Support Included).

 

Goddess Package - $4,400

  • Pre-Birth Meeting (60 minutes)
  • 1 Prenatal Visit (go with you to doctor/midwife visit)
  • 6 Hours Private Childbirth Education (in your home)
  • Prenatal Yoga Couples Workshop (Taught by

Certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher Khefri Riley, from Urban Goddess Lifestyle)

 

 

 

 

 

Pay for Services

"[O]ne of the most effective tools to improve labor and delivery outcomes is the continuous presence of support personnel, such as a doula.”

 

–“Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery,” Consensus Statement issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, February 2014

 

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Love Notes

"I can’t say enough good things about Cordelia. Before she arrived, I was crying tears of pain...I did 10 hours of VERY intense labor on pitocin with no pain medication only because Cordelia was with me. I would NEVER have gotten as far as I did without Cordelia’s incredible support. It was a truly amazing experience. [Hiring] Cordelia is the very best thing you can do to help yourself. ”

– Jenny W.

 
 
 

P.O. Box 50630, Los Angeles, CA 90050 Phone: (323) 222-2112 Cell: (323) 631-7990

Email: cordelia.cheruiyot <AT>gmail.com