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Seattle CAPPA Conference?

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Is anyone going to the Seattle CAPPA conference in August? I'm the state rep so I'll be there and I reaaaaally can't wait to connect with some of the great ladies I've met online!
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CAPPA is an organization that trains antepartum, labor and postpartum doulas, childbirth educators and lactation educators. They also certify as well, much like DONA. They also offer advanced trainings in working with adoption situations and teen mothers.

They hold conferences each year and for members ($40 per year), you go for free. I was just wondering if anyone had planned to go- here are the speakers (below).

Barbara Harper : Embracing Waterbirth

Barbara Harper , RN, is the founder of Global Maternal/Child Health Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to education and research about natural childbirth, including the use of water to ease labor and birth. She lectures internationally on maternity care reform.

Dr. Harvey Karp: The Happiest Baby on the Block: Secrets of the World's Best Baby Calmers

Harvey Karp, M.D., has appeared on Good Morning America, ABC News' "World News Tonight," CNN, and a number of national radio programs. In addition, his work has been featured in the LA Times, People Magazine and dozens of newspapers across the country as well as being mentioned in Time, Newsweek, and many other national magazines. Dr. Karp was trained by some of America's top pediatricians, including Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, and in 1981, he received the prestigious Ehrmann Fellowship to study crying and colic. An assistant professor of pediatrics at UCLA School of Medicine, with a private practice in Santa Monica, California, Dr. Karp is also a nationally renowned expert on children's health and the environment, and an authority on breastfeeding.

Donna Walls:RN, BSN, CCE, IBCLC, Herbalist, Aromatherapist

Donna has been a Registered Nurse for 31 years, and for 29 years has worked with pregnant and new parents. She became a Certified Childbirth Educator in 1984 and a Certified Lactation Consultant in 1987. She continues to practice as a hospital-based LC and teaches Mind, Body, Spirit Birthing for parents and professionals. In 1995 she developed and opened the first Alternative Birth Center within a hospital setting in the state of Ohio. In 1997 she graduated from the Australasian College with a Diploma in Herbal Sciences and in 1998 became a Certified Aromatherapist. She has been in private practice as an Herbalist since 1997, and also began teaching Herbal Certification and Holistic Nutrition courses at the Ohio Academy of Holistic Health in 2002. She has presented programs on wholistic care, including herbal medicines, locally and nationally for many years.


The birth experience is studied and taught as a physical process, but the emotional and spiritual impact is equally significant. This workshop examines birth as a life passage for women, focusing on the experience as a learning and strengthening opportunity.

Objectives and outlines-
1) Discuss birth as an emotional and spiritual passage.

Life lessons gleaned from birth are; patience, persistence, confidence, joy, connectedness, survival, and flexibility and how these lessons affect the rest of a woman's life.

2) Describe the purpose of pain in labor.

Birth allows a woman to find her unique inner resources for strength to face other painful or adverse situations in her life and how to use this birth power to begin the journey of parenthood.

Paulina G. (Polly) Perez, R.N., B.S.N., F.A.C.C.E., is an internationally known perinatal nurse and lecturer. She is the author of Special Women: The Role of the Professional Labor Assistant and numerous journal articles.

When Birth Causes Trauma: PTSD After Birth--

Participants will be able to:

List the psychological stages of pregnancy.
List the developmental tasks of the pregnant couple.
Identify the symptoms of PTSD after birth.
Identify the difference between post-partum depression symptoms and possible post-partum trauma symptoms.
List the elements that go into making an experience traumatic.
List strategies to help mothers avoid post-partum depression.

Linda J. Smith BSE, FACCE, IBCLC

Linda Smith is a Lactation Consultant in private practice in Dayton, Ohio. Linda helped form the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and the International Lactation Consultant Association. Linda serves on ILCA's Professional Education Council and the United States Breastfeeding Committee. Linda taught childbirth classes for 20 years in several cities and hospitals. Linda serves on the Steering Committee for the Coalition to Improve Maternity Services (CIMS) and works to link the birthing and breastfeeding professional communities.

Linda will present two topics:

Leave 'Em Wanting More: Teaching Games for Breastfeeding Classes- Interactive games for professional or parent audiences. Adult learning principles applied to BF; core content areas that should always be included; development of content and teaching strategies for classes. Themes include motivation, skills of breastfeeding, guilt, benefits, infant feeding behaviors, and more. Based on my book Coach's Notebook: Games and Strategies for Lactation Education (2002).

Why Johnny Can't Suck

Johnny was born yesterday, but hasn't nursed effectively yet. He frets and sucks his fist, his mom brings him in close to her breast, he opens wide and... STOPS. Now what? Why can't he latch on and suck? -More information coming soon!

Farol Kouts RN, CD, CLD and Alice Jackson CD, CLD-
Farol started her quest in the mid-part of the last century, by becoming a registered nurse. She has worked in this capacity in Canada, Hawaii and Colorado. Carol received her original doula certification through NACA back when no national certification existed. Farol is a CAPPA approved labor doula trainer.

Alice has attended births since 1978, and is a certified doula and labor doula trainer for both CAPPA and DONA. She appears on several birth videos including "Special Women" Alice has been training doulas since 1992. Alice and Farol teach together as a team for individuals, hospitals and government programs.

Doula-ing the Birth Professional-A Humorous Insight

PLEASE NOTE: Only those who are prepared to laugh while learning...need attend our classes. We refer to the "F" word a lot! FUN... That is! -More information coming soon!
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