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Community Birth & Postpartum A​ttendant Training Program

The Certified 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







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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 community ​members experiencing the most significant inequities in ​maternal and infant health.


In 2023 we trained Cohort 1 including 22 students who were ​on full scholarships. These students are now completing the ​hands-on portion of their training. PLEASE NOTE: Our live ​online synchronous course start dates will be announced ​soon.


To apply for our asynchronous (self-study) course please scroll ​to the application page and click the link to begin the process.





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Our Founder

Tintawi is a mother of five living children and an accomplished reproductive health ​paraprofessional. She is an Olorisa (Priest in the Lukumi Tradition), Certified Doula ​(CBI), Reiki Master Teacher, Certified Community Birth and Postpartum Attendant ​(O.E.), PAILAdvocate, former international doula trainer with Childbirth ​International, current doula trainer with Our Earth LLC, Certified Lactation ​Counselor, and she is a Traditional Birth Attendant. She 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 the New Mexico Ambassador for ​Count the Kicks. She has an Associate of Arts in Creative Writing from Santa Fe ​Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Prescott College, ​and is currently completing a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies ​with a focus on Creative Writing and African Diaspora Studies at Prescott College. ​Tintawi, along with her husband Isatu (Cytogeneticist), reside in rural northern ​New Mexico with their family and a host of pets.

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Executive Director, ILE IFE

F​ounder, Our Earth LLC

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Professional Development

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. Dates ​for this course will be posted here once they become available.


  • 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. Non-refundable.


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


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We are currently offering a general scholarship to one prospective student. Please complete the application below by January 31, 2024, ​to be considered. The selected applicant will have a $100 registration fee that is payable after being accepted into the program. ​Additionally, we are offering seven BIPOC scholarships for people who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color. Application ​for the BIPOC scholarship closes on February 29, 2024. Please note: the BIPOC scholarship offers seven students an opportunity to take ​the self-study course at the discounted rate of $800.

Apply to our asynchronous course here

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2023 Cohort

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