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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 …

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Finding Your Professional Village

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 on the job or …

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Give, Learn, Get; Your Professional Roadmap

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, there was something that …

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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 …

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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 …

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Guiding the Way Together – A Word from Lansinoh

Presented by: Lansinoh I was twenty-eight and pregnant with my first child. I knew about breastfeeding, having seen my stepmom and my sister-in-law nursing before. Yet, I was unsure of what lay ahead of me after I made the decision to breastfeed for myself. I was excited and scared, nervous and anxious. I was not …

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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, …

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Making a Difference in Your Community – Become a CLE!

It has been a busy April in Kansas and the first week in May has been even busier. As I have spent time getting to know the “dance patterns” of the new little ones this week, it has also allowed me to spend time getting to know the breastfeeding momma too. I love building a …

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2017…Is This Your Year to Add a New Role?

You get the questions too, right? “Oh, you should talk to Kimberly, she is one of those lactation (or doula) people.” These questions come my way not just from moms but also from within the birth world about becoming a lactation consult vs a doula vs an educator. What role is right for each person, …

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A Doula Looks Forward to 2016

As 2015 comes to a close and I begin to look forward to the new year, I always contemplate what has worked well for me this year and what I would like to do differently next year.  I don’t make resolutions. I do, however, like to create intentions, usually in the form of a word …

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