Maternal Mental Health Educator Birth Doula

Dr. Sayida's journey in the world of maternal care began at age 17, when she provided labor and delivery support to one of her best-friends, in their junior year of high school.  However, it wasn't until 2008 that Dr. Sayida became certified through DONA International Inc., as a Birth Doula and began assisting mothers professionally, in their journey of pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.  

In 2011, when Dr. Sayida completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with a Multicultural specialization, she expanded her work in the maternal health world as a consultant, workshop facilitator and parent educator.  

Dr. Sayida is currently an instructor and consultant with the Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health, teaching cultural awareness, cross-cultural communication and perinatal mood disorder content for the organization’s trainings.  Dr. Sayida is also an active member of the Black Women Birthing Justice collective promoting research, education and community-based services to positively transform birthing experiences in the black community.

Dr. Sayida served on the most recent California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC), Maternal Suicide Review Committee, working with other health care providers, researchers and maternal health professionals to identify key factors in preventing maternal suicide. 

Kathi Valeii of DAME Magazine interviews Dr. Sayida Peprah, June 18, 2018

The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health is happy to announce that we have forged a partnership with Health Net and we will be expanding our Community-Based Doula Program for Health Net members in Los Angeles County who have Medi-Cal. The target audience are African-American/Black pregnant women who are at risk for poor birth outcomes. Doulas/Perinatal Support Specialists (primarily women of color) will support 150 African-American/Black pregnant women in a year-long pilot program starting March 2019.


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