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CAPPA Canada is a branch of CAPPA, an international organization, that was founded in 1998 to offer the highest level of professional membership and training to childbirth educators, lactation educators, labour doulas, antepartum doulas and postpartum doulas. CAPPA offers the highest level of evidence based training available. The organization consists of a leadership board, trainers, advisors and CAPPA members. CAPPA is the most comprehensive pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum organization available...caring for women before, during, and after birth through education and support.

CAPPA was formed out of the need to increase professionalism and provide more options to childbirth professionals worldwide. CAPPA strives to serve its members in a timely, friendly and professional manner.

CAPPA supports the WHO-UNICEF baby-friendly initiative and the CIMS mother-friendly initiative.

CAPPA is a membership and certification organization for childbirth professionals such as childbirth educators, labour doulas, postpartum doulas, lactation educators and others.

All mail for new memberships, membership renewals, certification materials, and re-certification materials should be sent directly to the CAPPA office at PO Box 2406 Buford, GA USA 30515. All member communications need to go to or to 770-965-9777. Our office hours are Monday- Friday 9AM- 5PM EST.

About Us


At you can join CAPPA or renew your membership.


Important Notice Regarding CAPPA Academy / Certification Packets
CAPPA Canada certification candidates that began their certification process prior to March 1, 2013 are viewed to have the same options as CAPPA US Members that began their certification process prior to October 1, 2012 (please see certification pages for more details).

Training Workshops

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Advisory Board


Sonya Duffee, CLD CLDT

Labour Doula Program

Sonya Duffee’s journey towards supporting and empowering families through birth began shortly after the birth of her own children. With more than 14 years experience in a variety of birth settings including home births, hospital and birth center providing prenatal, birth and postnatal care to expectant families in the community. Sonya Duffee has attended more than 250 births in Saskatchewan, Alberta, New Mexico, Texas and Colorado providing personalized, individualized care to meet the needs of her clients. From 2002 to 2007 she was the only community based Midwife in Regina, Saskatchewan providing home birth services. Sonya has held many positions in local, provincial and national organizations. Past appointed member of the Saskatchewan College of Midwives and various working committees for the implementation of regulated midwifery. Past President and active member of the Doulas of Regina Association as well past-advisor for the Canadian Doula Association and her involvement in the birthing community through CAPSAC, Birth Unlimited, Friends of the Midwives and the Midwifery Association of Saskatchewan. She was Director of a community based organization called The Family Room in Saskatchewan and contributed on the production of birth related publications such as BEARTH and BIRTHING Magazine. Sonya is a current Canadian Advisor of CAPPA Canada's Labour Doula program. As a Certified Labour Doula Faculty member and Certified Doula, she has been sharing her passion for birth with others, instructing Birth Attendants, Doulas and Community Health workers in supportive care, continuing education and Doula training since 2005. These experiences have been instrumental in her work in the implementing and advocacy of family-centered care.


Attie Sandink, RN IBCLC CLE

Lactation Educator Program

Attie Sandink is a Registered Nurse, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and Childbirth Educator, and can often be found either teaching Child Birth Classes, giving breastfeeding support and education or assisting in the birthing process or catching the occasional baby when necessary. She continues to do training sessions for CAPPA Canada that are in keeping with the 20 Hour Lactation Management course as it ascribes to all standard of the Breastfeeding Committee of Canada.
Presently Attie is a Lactation Educator for CAPPA Canada and facilitates a Distance Education Program for Breastfeeding through Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, And has revamped and updated their course to meet the standards of the 2012 IBLCE standards, She continues to work as a Private Registered Lactation Consultant and as a Labour and Delivery Nurse.
Her special interest in the every day “Miracle of Birth”, has led her to learn and research as much as possible about the innate and distinctive behaviour of the newborn, either full term or preterm and how their instincts stimulate the mothering and parenting physiology as well as the nurturing of long term attachment and bonding. Her travels to South Africa and Mali have given her a greater in site into the various cultural norms, but she admits that there is still so much more to learn if we are willing to accept what we do not yet know!
Attie gives credit to Dr. Nils Bergman and Dr James McKenna and their contemporaries for continuing to stimulate her interest in Kangaroo Mother Care and the mother/Infant behaviour response. Learning to understand these natural instincts has changed her practice from assisting mothers and infants to breastfeed, to more of guiding role, understanding this process in a much more hands off and normal, allowing the mother and infant dyad to perform instinctually whenever possible. Her husband and her four older sons have been very patient with her passion to support new families.


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PO Box 2406
Buford, GA 30515 USA
Phone number: 770-965-9777
Office Hours: Monday- Friday 9AM- 5PM EST
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*Effective, January 28, 2013, the administration of CAPPA Canada is conducted out of CAPPA World Headquarters.