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.  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.  

Dr. Sayida Peprah is both a licensed clinical psychologist and trained birth doula.  She specializes in multicultural psychology, trauma, suicide prevention and maternal mental health.  Dr. Sayida has a multi-faced career as a supervisory-level Clinical Psychologist, Associate Professor of Psychology for the University of Phoenix and a presenter and consultant on topics of cultural diversity/humility, mental and maternal mental health.

Currently, she is a maternal mental health educator, birth doula mentor and an instructor for the Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health.  She is a also member of the Black Women Birthing Justice Collective and a Collaborative Partner with the Black Mamas Matter Alliance promoting research, education and community-based services to positively transform birthing experiences in the black community.  Dr. Sayida served on the 2018 California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative Maternal Suicide Review Committee, working with other health care providers and researchers to identify key factors in preventing maternal suicide.  In 2019, Dr. Sayida will provide training and supervision for perinatal support specialists, in the HealthNet/Los Angeles Medicaid Community-Based Doula pilot for African American/Black mothers.

Dr. Peprah is dedicated to contributing her expertise to uplift the community and improve the effectiveness of maternal health and support services. 

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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