Childbirth Educator

Cordelia Hanna-Cheruiyot


Cutivating Trust In Birth. Supporting Informed Choices.


Call Today: 323-222-2112


Childbirth Educator

Cordelia Hanna-Cheruiyot, MPH, CHES, ICCE, CLE, CBA offers Prenatal Education in Los Angeles, CA. She offers both group and private childbirth education classes. Group classes are offered in Santa Monica, CA at Los Angeles Birth Partners. Cordelia also offers private prenatal education sessions conducted in the comfort and intimacy of the expectant parent's home, customized to suit your interests and budget. Cordelia can also teach childbirth preparation classes via Videoconference also.


Upcoming Group Classes


Dates: Call for dates of next series


Time: TBA


Fee: $350.00 per couple ($250 for Medi-Cal)


Location: Santa Monica, CA







Please complete the Information Form. Before our first class, scan and email it back, or fax it over, or send in the mail with your check. Thank you!


Private childbirth preparation classes offered Los Angeles and San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, Birth Options Consultations and Sibling Childbirth Preparation Classes are also available. See more below.


About the Childbirth Educator


Cordelia Hanna-Cheruiyot, MPH, CHES, ICCE, CLE, CBA offers Prenatal Education in Los Angeles, CA. Cordelia is currently a Certified Childbirth Educator accredited by International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA). She initially certified in 1991 with Informed Homebirth/Informed Birth and Parenting which later became The Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators (ALACE), studying under Rahima Baldwin, CPM. Cordelia is one of Los Angeles' most seasoned childbirth educators, having taught hundreds of expectant parents planning hospital, home or birth center deliveries with midwives or obstetricans since 1991. Her years of training and education as a midwife, doula, lactation educator make her an excellent resource for expectant mothers and fathers to utilize when preparing for the birth of their baby.


Cordelia received her Masters in Public Health(MPH) in Health Education and Promotion/Maternal Child Health from Loma Linda University in 2008, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (NCHEC), Certified Lactation Educator (CAPPA), Certified Birth Assistant (ALACE). She gave birth to a son and daughter ecstatically and naturally with a midwife at home.



Childbirth preparation classes are based on the 10 evidence-based steps and 5 Principles of The Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative developed by The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services. These principles are:


  • Normalcy of the Birthing Process
  • Empowerment
  • Autonomy
  • Do No Harm
  • Responsibility


Empowered Birth Choices Natural Childbirth Preparation Class


Cordelia's original series of prenatal education classes "Empowered Birth Choices Natural Childbirth Preparation" will help you prepare for natural childbirth in the hospital, birth center or home. Designed for pregnant women and their birth partners, this class is offered in a group format in a 4-Week Series or as a Private Course taught in the comfort and intimacy of your own home, scheduled to suit your schedule, budget and interests.


Sibling prepration is also available for children 2-18 years old.


Learner Objectives


By the end of these classes, expectant mothers and their partners will have:


1) Increased knowledge about options for childbirth, pros and cons of medical procedures, and be able to make informed choices during pregnancy and childbirth.


2) Increased confidence to give birth normally, cope with labor, and partners will have increased confidence to support the woman through the process of labor.


3) Increased confidence to breastfeed and care for their newborns.


Overview of Empowered Birth Choices Natural Childbirth Preparation Course


Class One: Understanding Birth


  • Preventing Premature Birth
  • How your body works in labor
  • When to go to the hospital or birth center
  • How to prepare your home for birth


Class Two: Coping with Labor


  • Support methods for birth partners
  • Coping methods for labor (breathing, relaxation, positions)
  • The role of the professional labor companion


Class Three: Options for Childbirth


  • Pain Medication Options
  • Birth by Cesarean
  • Cesarean Prevention
  • Medical Procedures
  • Induction and Augmentation of Labor
  • Informed Consent and Refusal
  • Communicating with health care providers
  • Creating a Birth Plan


Class Four: Postpartum Family & The Amazing Newborn


  • Physical and Emotional Changes of Postpartum
  • Newborn Appearance
  • Newborn Behavior and Care
  • Newborn Medical Procedures - Pros and Cons
  • Attachment Parenting Approach
  • Breastfeeding:
  • How your breasts make milk
  • Coping with common problems (sore nipples. low milk supply, engorgement)
  • How to manage breastfeeding (how often to nurse, knowing if baby is getting enough, etc.)
  • Returning to work and school as breastfeeding mom



Private Childbirth Education Classes


Private classes can be customized to suit your interests and time schedule. Pick topics from above, and Cordelia will customize a class to suit your needs. Private classes are perfect for couples with hectic schedules or who need last-minute classes. Cordelia brings her charts and models and transforms your livingroom into a childbirth classroom. You will receive a student folder, access to Cordelia's lending library of birth films, and an internet-based interactive guide to birth and breastfeeding, new mother and baby care. Classes can also be done via videoconference.



Birth Options Consultations


Trying to Conceive? Newly Pregnant? Cordelia can give you a consultation to help you make informed choices about your birth. This 2-hour session can be brought to your home, in the office in Santa Monica. Also can be done via Skype.

Topics Covered:


  • Choosing Your Place of Birth: Hospital, Birth Center, Home - Advantages and Disadvantages
  • Waterbirth
  • Choosing Your Care Provider: Midwife or Obstetrican?
  • Insurance Reimbursement Options
  • The Role of the Doula --Your Professional Birth Partner
  • Referrals to Midwives, Physicians and Birth Centers.
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Love Notes

"Cordelia’s birth classes are phenomenal. She took us step by step through the birth process in a practical and experiential way. She is very caring, supportive and knowledgable. My husband and I really enjoyed applying what we were learning in the course in an experiential way. During the classes, Cordelia demonstrated breathing techniques, birthing positions, lead discussions on fears/anxieties we might be dealing with and provided videos to augment the written materials. We were very prepared for our home birth and brought a healthy baby girl into this world in January 2013. Thanks, Cordelia for helping us prepare for this life changing experience!”


– Jennifer M.



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

Email: cordelia.cheruiyot <AT>