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Community Birth & Postpartum A​ttendant Training Program

The Community Birth & Postpartum Attendant (CBPA) course is designed to take experienced and ​inexperienced birth attendants and train them to serve community members through all possible pregnancy ​outcomes.






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About the Program







The CBPA training program focuses on acknowledging the inherent wisdom within ​our communities. Conceived by a woman of color and delivered by individuals of color, ​this program aims to fortify students with the necessary skills to offer reproductive ​health support to women and birthing individuals, with a specific focus on community ​members facing substantial disparities in prenatal and infant healthcare.


In 2023, Cohort 1, comprising 22 students who received full scholarships, underwent ​training. These students are currently engaged in the practical component of their ​education.


For residents of any state who are interested in applying for our asynchronous (self-pay) ​course, kindly navigate to the application page and initiate the application process by ​visiting the “Apply here” page and selecting the first option.


NM residents interested in applying for the 2024 asynchronous or synchronous ​scholarships please access the scholarship application by visiting the “Apply here” page ​and selecting the second option.

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Our Founder

Tintawi is a mother of five children and a proficient reproductive health paraprofessional. ​She holds the title of Olorisa of Yemoja in the Lukumi Tradition, is a Certified Doula (CBI), ​a Reiki Master Teacher, a PAILAdvocate, a former international doula trainer with ​Childbirth International, and a current doula trainer with Our Earth LLC. Additionally, she ​is a Certified Lactation Counselor, a Cert. NatMed (Accredited CTAA), and a Traditional ​Birth Attendant. Tintawi has extensive experience working with pregnant and birthing ​people and has attended births in diverse locations such as New Jersey, New York, New ​Mexico, and Ethiopia. She has had the privilege of receiving training in Mexican ​Midwifery traditions and African diasporic birth and postpartum rituals. Notably, Tintawi ​serves as the New Mexico Ambassador for Count the Kicks. She holds an Associate of ​Arts in Creative Writing from Santa Fe Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in Creative ​Writing from Prescott College, and a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies ​specializing in Creative Writing and African Diaspora Studies from Prescott College. ​Tintawi and her husband Isatu, a Cytogeneticist, reside in rural northern New Mexico ​with their family and an array of pets.

Tintawi Kaigziabiher

Executive Director, ILE IFE

F​ounder, Our Earth LLC

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"Some Insights into Our Founders' ​Professional Development Through Past ​Experiences"


1995-1997 African American Studies & African Psychology Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville, NY

1996 Midwifery: Homebirth Tioma Allison @ Ifetayo’s Cultural Center Brooklyn, NY

1997 Reiki Level 1 Degree The Usui System of Reiki Yvonne R. Secreto Teaneck, NJ

1998 Reiki Level II Degree The Usui System of Reiki Sister Agatha @ The Home of the Healing Fire Harlem, NY

1998 Spirit of Intimacy: Relationship Workshop Sobonfu Some @ Temitayo’s Place Teaneck, NJ

2005-2006 Studied Ethiopian Traditional Birth and Postpartum Care Immersion while living abroad Shashemane, Ethiopia

2009 Certified Birth Doula Childbirth International

2010 Traditional Midwifery Skills Midwifery Today

2010 Mexican Midwifery: Traditions and Techniques Midwifery Today / Naoli Vinaver

2010 Trends and Traditions in Midwifery and Birth Midwifery Today

2012 - 2014 Midwifery Training Mercy in Action Midwifery School

2019 Olorisa of Yemoja (Priest in the Lukumi Tradition) Harlem, NY

2020 Reiki Level I: Shoden Lisa Powers

2020 Reiki Level II: Okuden Lisa Powers

2020 Reiki Level III: Shinpiden Reiki Master & Teacher Lisa Powers

2020 Safety and Infection Control and Prevention Childbirth International

2020 High Blood Pressure / Prehypertension & Hypertension Module Community Health Workers Trainer MCD Public Health

2020 Prediabetes Module Community Health Workers Trainer MCD Public Health

2020 CHWs & Chronic Conditions Overview Module Community Health Workers Trainer MCD Public Health

2021 -2024 Maternal Mortality Review Committee New Mexico

2021 -2024 Art of Birth: Midwifery Naoli Vinaver

2021 Trainer Certification (Birth and Postpartum Doulas) Childbirth International

2021 Lactation Counselor Training Course The Healthy Children Project, Inc.

2021 All Pregnant People: Trans Birth for Birthworkers Collaborate Consulting

2022 The Importance of Lactation Counseling through an Equity Lens Great Lakes Breastfeeding

2023 Talking about Naloxone CDC

2023 Asthma Module Community Health Workers Trainer MCD Global Health

2023 CHW COVID-19 Vaccine Basics Module Community Health Workers Trainer MCD Global Health

2023 Save Babies with Us: A Healthcare Professional’s Guide on Talking to Expectant Parents about Count the Kicks and Fetal Monitoring Des Moines University

2023 Improving the Circle of Care in Lactation: Who’s Really to Blame? Great Lakes Breastfeeding

2023 Community, Equity, and Breastfeeding: The Parental View on Lactation and Community Support Great Lakes Breastfeeding

2023 Human Milk and Cannabis Series: Interpreting Hale’s Guidance on Lactation and Marijuana, CBD Oils, and Other Non-Inhaled Marijuana Sources Great Lakes Breastfeeding

2024 Pregnancy and Infant Loss Advocate Nneka Hall



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Course Description

  • This course aims to equip learners with the knowledge of supporting women and birthing ​individuals during the childbearing years. The approach taken is one that is client-centered, ​culturally sensitive, and community-oriented, with a strong emphasis on respecting the ​experiences of clients and their families.


  • Throughout this course, learners will gain an in-depth understanding of the role and ​significance of extended family, cultural practices, traditional approaches, and evidence-based ​practices during preconception, pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting stages.


  • This course facilitates the integration of research, traditional beliefs and customs, clinical ​experience, multicultural readings, and oral histories.


Copyright Notice

This training program, course outline, syllabus, lesson plans, and components are protected by copyright, and written ​permission highlighting its use must be obtained from the publisher before any reproduction, storage in a retrieval system, ​or transmission in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or likewise.


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Certification ​Requirements

The course is offered in the following formats:


  • 16-week synchronous online course, with scholarship opportunities for New ​Mexico residents, subject to application and funding. This course includes ​presentations by community facilitators, interactive virtual discussions, live ​classes, videos, readings, quizzes, assignments, and an in-person retreat.

The 2024 Synchronous Scholarship Application is CLOSED


  • 16-class asynchronous (self-study) online course (Tuition costs are located in the ​registration/application form). The self-study curriculum is comprised of ​videos, readings, interactive virtual discussions, quizzes, and assignments. ​Rolling admission for self-pay students. Non-refundable.

The 2024 Asynchronous scholarship for NM residents is accepting applications ​until filled.


  • All students (asynchronous and synchronous) are required to support 2 births ​and 2 postpartum clients.


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We extend our gratitude to ​the Sponsors of the

2023 Cohort

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The 2024 Scholarship program is proudly sponsored by ​Our Earth LLC in partnership with the New Mexico Doula ​Association and Presbyterian Health Plan, Inc., with ​further details regarding additional participating ​organizations to be disclosed soon.

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