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CAPPA’s New Certification Program – The New Parent Educator

CAPPA’s New Certification Program – The New Parent Educator

At the CAPPA Conference in September, a very exciting announcement was made—training and certification for a brand-new program would begin in 2018! After years in the making, the New Parent Educator program was introduced to the world. The New Parent Educator is a one-of-a-kind training and certification. Unlike anything currently available, this program will prepare…Read More

Evaluating Credibility in Everyday Sources of Information

Evaluating Credibility in Everyday Sources of Information

Photo Credit: Alexander Dummer As critical consumers of information, it is necessary to evaluate the credibility and legitimacy of resources, especially on the Internet. In a world of free information, which is without guidelines, monitoring, and representation, truth and lies can be as difficult to determine as the supermarket tabloids in the checkout stands. Anyone…Read More

Create a Treasure Map for 2018

Create a Treasure Map for 2018

Happy New Year! It seems like this is a natural time to re-evaluate aspects of life and set new goals personally and professionally. There are many ways people accomplish this task. Some individuals like to announce resolutions or come up with a word for the year. Others tend to be more list oriented and use…Read More

Harvey and the Help Averse

Harvey and the Help Averse

2017 was quite a year in my community. We survived the costliest natural disaster in US history, Hurricane Harvey. Many birth professionals in our community lost everything in either their homes or from their practices or both. My storm experience involved watching the waters rise up our driveway to a level never seen since the…Read More

The Importance of Educating Dads/Partners

The Importance of Educating Dads/Partners

There is great importance in partners understanding the “why’s” and “how’s” of supporting the mom during labor and birth. As a childbirth educator, how do you prepare (educate) the expectant mother’s life partner for labor and birth? I have been teaching birth preparation classes for almost two decades, and for many of these years, I…Read More

Finding Your Professional Village

Finding Your Professional Village

Photo Credit: Tim Gouw Do you have a professional village? School teachers have the teacher’s lounge and department meetings. Office staff have the boardroom and water cooler. Athletes have the locker room and team meetings. But as perinatal professionals, we often work in isolation from our peers. Rarely do we have the opportunity to meet…Read More

Give, Learn, Get; Your Professional Roadmap

Give, Learn, Get; Your Professional Roadmap

Photo Credit: Slava Bowman Cultivating a successful career as a doula begins with cultivating yourself as person, first and foremost. You started this awakening process by signing up for your initial certification course, congratulations, the fire is now lit! Perhaps the call to become a doula came loudly, or maybe it was a whisper. Regardless,…Read More

Put Your Oxygen Mask on First

Put Your Oxygen Mask on First

Photo Credit: Kaushik Panchal “If cabin pressure should change, panels above your seat will open revealing oxygen masks; reach up and pull a mask towards you. Place it over your nose and mouth, and secure with the elastic band, that can be adjusted to ensure a snug fit. Secure your own mask first before helping…Read More

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