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Birth and Postpartum Attendant Training Program

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The CBPA training program centers on recognizing the wisdom present in our communities. It was created by a woman of color and is taught by individuals of color. The course's objective is to equip students with the skills to provide reproductive health assistance to women and birthing people, with a particular emphasis on aiding community members experiencing the most significant inequities in maternal and infant health.

This year from May to September 2024 we trained Cohort 1 including 22 students on full scholarships. These students are now completing the hands-on portion of their training. Please stay tuned for scholarship application details for Cohort 2 in 2024. If you would like to be added to our mailing list please email us.

Self-pay options will also be available in 2024.

About the Program

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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..

The course is offered in two formats: a 16-week synchronous online course, with scholarship opportunities for New Mexico residents, subject to application and funding, and an asynchronous online course with self-pay options (to be announced). The curriculum comprises lectures, videos, readings, live presentations with community facilitators, interactive discussions, quizzes, and assignments. Additionally, students are required to attend an in-person retreat, regardless of the format they choose. The course also includes practical, hands-on experiences and attendance at 2 births and 2 postpartum clients.

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Our Founder

Tintawi is a mother of five children and an accomplished professional, boasting an impressive range of certifications and experiences. Her expertise includes certification as a Birth Doula (CBI), international doula trainer, certification as a Lactation Counselor, and she is a Traditional Birth Attendant. She has also served as an assistant to two midwives. Tintawi has attended births in various locations, including New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, and Ethiopia. She has had the privilege of training in Mexican Midwifery traditions and African diasporic birth and postpartum rituals. Tintawi is a board member of Black Health New Mexico and the Ceci Tchakounte Tadfor Foundation. Additionally, she is a member of the New Mexico Maternal Mortality Review Committee. Tintawi, along with her husband Isatu, resides in rural northern New Mexico with their family and several pets.

Tintawi Kaigziabiher

Executive Director, ILE IFE

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2023 Cohort

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