Author Archives: CAPPA Admin

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

Teaching Breastfeeding, Talking about Breastfeeding and, well, Actually Breastfeeding…

Teaching Breastfeeding, Talking about Breastfeeding and, well, Actually Breastfeeding…

  Right now, I am teaching breastfeeding classes, seeing private lactation clients, training women to become lactation educators, and actually breastfeeding a newborn…so needless to say my life is boobs and milk! For me, the subject has two completely different sides. When I am teaching and working with clients, I am the educator that shares…Read More

On Call and Ready to Roll!

On Call and Ready to Roll!

Photo Credit: Lacie Slezak You’ve done it! You’ve completed doula training, found your first clients, and life on call is about to begin. Have you thought about what you need to be ready to boogie out the door at any moment? The excitement of getting the “come now” call from a birthing person is even…Read More

Let Your Superhero Out

Let Your Superhero Out

I find every year after conference my mind is buzzing.* Maybe it’s a 2 am insight or a random thought. This year the superhero social made my mind buzz about strengths. Each one of us holds our superhero inside. What can you do to let your superhero strengths out? First of all, do you know…Read More

Encouragement to Teach Preconception/Early Pregnancy Education

Encouragement to Teach Preconception/Early Pregnancy Education

During the 2017 CAPPA Conference in Portland, Maine, I saw the excitement of the faculty and attendees on the organizing of a New Parent Educator Course at CAPPA. As a childbirth educator for over 45 years, I have seen how few parents nowadays, shows a natural skill for parenting. Many new parents have never babysat…Read More

911 Postpartum Doula

911 Postpartum Doula

Photo Credit: Tim Bish As a Postpartum Doula, I serve a wide range of families and know the support I provide makes a huge difference in their lives after babies. Most of my clients contract with me before the birth to ensure that they will have the support needed. But I have a whole other…Read More

Finding Your Niche

Finding Your Niche

Photo Credit: Hans-Peter Gauster As a former biology instructor I always encouraged students to observe their environments, as they are ripe with individualized roles that are filled by a species with a unique skill. The world of childbirth education is similar. While the variety of options that exists could be endless, with the right research…Read More

5 Simple Tools for the Self-Actualized Doula

5 Simple Tools for the Self-Actualized Doula

Photo Credit: Natalie Collins “Self-actualization” is a term that comes from Abraham Maslow, a leading figure in the Positive Psychology movement. Self-actualization refers to the “realization or desire for self-fulfillment.” In other words, it’s the motivation to realize one’s full-potential. As doulas, we place a lot of emphasis on self-actualization, whether we know that term…Read More

Helping New Mothers

Helping New Mothers

One of the most common phrases I hear the new mothers wonder about is, “Is my baby ok?” Since we are professionals in our clients’ homes, it is easy for new moms to ask us all kinds of questions relating to their baby’s overall health. Our role as doulas is non-medical and strictly informational support,…Read More

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