You're Invited to CAPPA's Virtual Conference 2021

Every year, CAPPA holds an annual conference to help our members stay up to date on the latest information for perinatal professionals.

Join us for sessions from amazing speakers on topics related to birth, postpartum, breastfeeding, family relationships, infant communication, and so much more!

Conference Dates

September 24th - October 3rd, 2021

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Speakers & Sessions

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Abby Bordner


How to Support Attachment and Bonding in the New Family

Brain science research and Psychology confirm that the experiences in the first five years lay the foundation for later development, learning, and behaviors. Most important are the experiences in relationship with baby’s primary caregivers, mainly parents. Healthy early attachment and bonding requires responsive behaviors from parents and an understanding of children’s emotional and physical needs. In this presentation you’ll learn healthy attachment behaviors and how to educate and support parents to best respond to their baby’s needs.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe healthy attachment behaviors.
  • Explain the importance of early attachment and bonding.
  • Identify behaviors that compromise early attachment.


Anna Rodney


Growing your Business and Brand with Social Media

Lets dive deep into understanding your brand, target market and how to utilize social media to grow your business.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify 3 social media platforms used to connect with their target market.
  • Describe their target market and what types of posts interest them.
  • Use hashtags and create posts that will appeal to their target market.


Nekisha Killings


What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You...and Your Clients: The Role of Implicit Bias in Birthing and Breastfeeding Support

Every day, every interaction we have is colored by the inherent and implicit biases that we each carry. We see the world through lenses that are tinted by our own lived experiences, the experiences of those who are dear to us, information we have been exposed to, and systems that we live within. No one is immune. Learn how you can both identify and dismantle the subconscious impressions and beliefs about your client base to better provide empathic and impactful care.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify concrete ways to respect birthing parents' wishes and needs in the clinical setting and beyond.
  • Describe ways to dismantle implicit bias in the healthcare setting.
  • Support marginalized communities in navigating the birth system.
  • Provide evidence based and culturally humble lactation support.


Jen McLellan


Growing your Business and Brand with Social Media

During this presentation, you'll understand what people of size face throughout pregnancy and postpartum, address your size-bias, and learn how to make sure your work is size-inclusive.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify how people are classified as plus size using the BMI calculator.
  • Explain the difference between relative risk and actual risk.
  • Describe two changes they'll be able to make to their business to make it size-inclusive.


Sonali Shivlani


Pregnancy & Birth Coaching in the Virtual World – Meeting Customer Expectations

COVID-19 brought a new normal to our Lives and changed the way many of us function.

Objectives coming soon!


Michelle Stern

CPDT-KA, Pooch Parenting

Dog & Baby Safety for Baby Professionals

Session description coming soon!

Objectives coming soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Virtual Conference?

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we decided to change our in-person conference to a virtual one!   We are aware that amazing work is being done to flatten the curve and develop reliable vaccines, but we decided that a virtual conference was safer and healthier for everyone.  We have our hopes set on an in-person conference in Niagara Falls, NY in 2022!

Will CEUs be offered for conference? How many?

All sessions will have CAPPA Contact Hours, which are always accepted for recertification with CAPPA.  We're working on getting our sessions approved for Nursing CEUs and L-CERPs!

Are the Conference Sessions live or pre-recorded?

General and Optional Sessions will be pre-recorded and released the week of September 24th, 2021.  You can watch them throughout the duration of the event multiple times!

What are the Live Q&A Discussions?

While this conference is a virtual event, we didn’t want our attendees to lose the experience of interacting with the speakers.  We will live stream Q&As with each speaker from October 1st - October 3rd.  These will be recorded and uploaded for later viewing, so don't worry if you miss the stream.

Conference Policies

Please help CAPPA maintain a safe, fun, and professional environment by reading and familiarizing yourself with our Conference policies before registering. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the conference, please let us know! Thank you!

There is a required $5.00 convenience fee to register for CAPPA Members.  This fee includes access to the event app and a virtual "seat" at all the conference General Sessions.

Speakers/times may change without notice. There are no refunds for Optional Sessions, conference materials/merchandise, Social Event tickets, or lunches. No transferring registration to another person. No swapping sessions.

When registering for CAPPA events, trainings, and activities you are consenting to be video-graphed and/or photographed. CAPPA does not assume liability for adverse reactions to foods consumed, or items one may come into contact with while eating at any CAPPA Event, Training, or Activity you may attend whether inside or outside of the CAPPA planned events and activities.


Interested in becoming a Virtual Exhibitor?

We're interested in having you!  There are plenty of opportunities to expand your reach and engage with the doulas and educators working with families from communities all around the world.  Our virtual conference is attended by members from the USA, Canada, Latin America, Israel, and India!

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