ICTC – International Center for Traditional Childbearing Birthworker Training

Join us for a comprehensive training of birth, postpartum and breastfeeding care!
This training is in depth and culturally sensitive – see card above or call for details.
Ongoing mentorship assistance is available to local students as well as the opportunity to serve our east bay families as a community birth worker with Shiphrah’s Circle Community Doula Program.
For curriculum question, speak to the certified trainer, Samsarah Morgan.
To register see the link above or see the flyer below to contact ICTC.
Act quickly to qualify for scholarships.
See our Facebook event for this training!
About your trainer:
Samsarah Morgan is an ICTC certified trainer. She is the mother of 5 grown sons and the grandmother of 3. She is a birth and postpartum caregiver, counselor, coach and hypnotherapist in Oakland Ca. Her private practice, Nia Healing Center for Birth and Family Life provides services to enrich and facilitate strong bonds within families and communities. She is the Executive director of Oakland Better Birth foundation which has as its mission the prevention of infant and maternal mortality in Oakland, CA and Alameda County for all and especially within the African American community by offering childbirth and breastfeeding information as well as doula services to any family regardless of their ability to pay. She is the author of 3 books: “Children’s Village Tales of an Urban Nana “, “The Birth Plan” and “Birth. A Black Woman’s Survival Guide” (to be released summer 2017)

Brews for Better Birth Fundraiser in August!

Federation Brewing Pints to Pledge
“Brews for Better Birth”
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (Wednesdays)
5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Our good friends at Federation Brewing are generously offering to pledge $1 off of every pint sold on Wednesday’s in August to support the work of the Oakland Better Birth Foundation!
Stop in, have a cold one and help fund:
Free and Low Cost Doula Care!
Free and Low Cost Childbirth , Pregnancy and Parenting Education!
Scholarship opportunities for people of color wishing to become birth workers. (More about our programs below!)
Don’t drink but want to donate? Please use the paypal address oaklandbetterbirthfoundation@gmail.com
Contact Samsarah Morgan if you would like your donation to be tax deductable at 510-496-3491 or at the email above!
See you in August!
brews postcard


Even though this means I won’t gain a client, I gain peace of mind each time I suggest that a healthy pregnant woman reach out to our local, free standing birthing centers and home birth midwives for their pregnancy care. Its simply a matter of integrity. I am devoted to pregnant people – and thier babies. They deserve the care that offers the best possible outcome.

Samsarah Morgan , Doula 

And Executive Director of Oakland Better Birth Foundation 


Our Bay Area Independant Birth Centers 

We are so proud !

We now have quiet a few independent birth centers , run by midwives , in the Bay Area!

Please visit them ! Talk to the midwives ! Discuss and financial concerns and inquire about payment plans!  Let nothing stop you from working towards the birth of your dreams!

Get a midwife ! Eat well! Excercise ! Pray! Meditate! Get a doula! 

Have a beautiful baby !

Got questions? Call me . Samsarah Morgan ED Oakland Better Birth Foundation 510 595 5534

Bay Area Midwifery


2800 Park Boulevard 

Oakland, CA 94610

Laura Perez, CPM, LM (415) 846-8950

Pearl Yu, CPM, LM (415) 516-7606

Sara Flores, CNM, NP (415) 806-5089 http://www.reclaimmidwife.com

Treesa McLean, CPM, LM (510) 427-5487 http://birthwithtreesa.com/
Pacifica Family Maternity Center


3101 Telegraph Ave.

Berkeley, CA 94705

(510) 280-5543


San Francisco Birth Center


2300 Sutter St. Suite 301

San Francisco, CA 94115



Marin Family Birth Center (of the Marin City Health & Wellness Center)


630 Drake Ave

Marin City, CA 94965

(415) 339-8813


Casa Natal Birth Center


50 W. Main Ave. #D

Morgan Hill, CA 95037       


List compiled by: Jessalyn Ballerano, doula and child birth educator