Thank You For Joining Us at CAPPA's Virtual Conference 2021

This event is over and can no longer be attended.

However, we look forward to seeing you next year in Niagara Falls, NY for our return to in-person events!  Save the date: September 30 - October 2, 2022!

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Speakers & Sessions

Sessions are no longer available to watch.  You may click the speaker name to see their bio.


Anna Rodney


Anna Rodney, Owner of Chicago Family Doulas and Arizona Doulas has been a labor and postpartum doula and childbirth educator for over a decade. She started her business as a solo practice and was able to grow Chicago Family Doulas into a large and very successful agency. After giving up her career as a Special Education teacher she knew having a successful doula business was imperative. She attributes her success to commitment to learning and growing, to the many business and marketing classes that she completed, to learning social media and to her deep love for creating connections and caring for other. She is caring, compassionate, knowledgeable and a community resource for all things birth, baby and business. She enjoys sharing her love for this career with others and is incredibly grateful to be a Labor and Postpartum Doula trainer and a Certified Childbirth Educator trainer for CAPPA.


Nekisha Killings


Nekisha Killings MPH IBCLC is an equity strategist and maternal and child health advocate who speaks, teaches, and facilitates on topics related to equity and dismantling bias. She acts as a Director of Equity, Inclusion and Belonging and consults organizations on creating and implementing strategies to better support marginalized communities. Coined the Aha! Moment Maven, Nekisha works to wow audiences with new realizations that will impact their approach to care. Nekisha is on a mission to #normalizebrownbreasts in health education and marketing, thereby better equipping providers to accurately diagnose and treat people of color. Nekisha‘s work is rooted in a compassion and candor that could only have been cultivated in years of supporting new parents through their journeys during the first days of parenthood. To eager audiences, she extends her own brand of wisdom, wit, and eureka moments to shift the way they approach life and work.


Abby Bordner


Abby has worked for over 25 years in a career in reproductive health and supporting families by promoting early attachment and bonding. She is a labor and postpartum doula, lactation educator, family development specialist, and works at a nonprofit supporting early childhood development and education in the prenatal to 5-year-old age range. Her work includes training and educating parents, caregivers, professionals, yoga teachers, and doulas. She lives in New Mexico, where she enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending time with her family.


Michaela Arriaza

Owner of Baby Time RD, CCCE, CPD, CLE®

Michaela has worked for over 15 years supporting families by promoting breastfeeding and early attachment and bonding through babywearing. She is a postpartum doula, lactation educator, childbirth educator, new parent educator, baby led sleep specialist, CAPPA Latinamerica faculty and host of Babytime podcast. She started her own business in 2006 supporting early childhood development and education in the prenatal to 5- year-old range. Her work includes educating new families, caregivers and professionals, training postpartum doulas in Latin America. She lives in the Dominican Republic with her family, she enjoys babies, and seeing families blossom, cooking and spending her free time in the mountains with her family and friends.

Michaela ha trabajado durante más de 15 años apoyando a las familias promoviendo la lactancia materna, el apego temprano y la vinculación a través del porteo. Ella es una doula de posparto, educadora de lactancia, educadora de preparación al parto, educadora de nuevos padres, especialista en sueño respetuoso, docente de CAPPA Latinoamérica y presentadora del podcast Babytime. Comenzó su propio negocio en 2006 apoyando el desarrollo y la educación de la primera infancia desde el período prenatal hasta los 5 años de edad. Su trabajo incluye la educación de nuevas familias, cuidadores y profesionales, la formación de doulas posparto en América Latina. Vive en República Dominicana con su familia, disfruta de los bebés y de ver florecer a las familias, cocinar, compartir con sus amigos y familiares y pasar su tiempo libre en las montañas.


Laurel Wilson


Laurel Wilson has twenty-nine years of experience working with families in the childbearing year and perinatal professional and travels the world (when not experiencing a pandemic) speaking about the importance of human milk and attachment. She is co-author of best-selling books, The Greatest Pregnancy Ever: The Keys to the MotherBaby Bond and The Attachment Pregnancy: The Ultimate Guide to Bonding with Your Baby, original Editor of the CAPPA Lactation Educator Manual, and contributing author to Round the Circle: Doulas Talk About Themselves. Laurel is a board-certified as a lactation consultant, childbirth educator, labor doula, lactation educator, Prenatal ParentingTM Instructor, and Pre and Postpartum fitness educator. She served as the CAPPA Executive Director of Lactation Programs for 16 years. She served on the Board of Directors for the United States Breastfeeding Committee from 2016-2019. Her current service roles include acting as a Senior Advisor for CAPPA and being on the Advisory Board for InJoy Health and Kindred Media. She also works as the Education Manager for GOLD Learning. Laurel has been joyfully married to her husband for 30 years and has two amazing sons, whose difficult births led her on a path towards helping emerging families create positive experiences. She believes that the journey towards and into parenthood is a life-changing rite of passage that should be deeply honored and celebrated.

It is FINALLY live. My TedX Talk, Human Milk: The Food That Helped Evolve Humanity. #TEDXCOS Please watch, share, and enjoy!


Dr. Sayida Peprah


Dr. Sayida Peprah is both a licensed clinical psychologist and trained birth doula. She specializes in multicultural psychology, trauma, suicide prevention and maternal mental health. Dr. Sayida has a multifaceted career as a psychologist having worked in community-based, in-home, psychiatric hospital, correctional and private practice settings. She is also a trainer and consultant on topics of cultural humility, implicit bias and trauma as they impact mental and maternal health. Dr. Sayida is the founder of the non-profit organization Diversity Uplifts, Inc.

Dr. Sayida’s work in maternal health include serving as a doula trainer/mentor, maternal mental health and cultural competency consultant for perinatal health programs in Southern California (Frontline Doulas, Sankofa Birthworkers Collective). Dr. Sayida is also an active member of the Black Women Birthing Justice Collective and a Collaborator with the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, promoting research, education and community-based services to positively transform birthing experiences of black families. Dr. Sayida has served and continues to serve on advisory committees to improve maternal health including the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (Maternal Suicide Review Committee 2018-2019 & Maternal Mortality Review Committee 2020- Present), Perinatal Equity Initiative Committees of San Bernardino and Riverside County (2019- Present), and others aimed at identifying key risks and opportunities for quality improvement and prevention around disparities.

Dr. Sayida is dedicated to contributing her expertise to uplift the community and improve the effectiveness of health care and social support services.


Bonnie Holt Logsdon


Bonnie Holt Logsdon (she/her) is a Registered Dietitian, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Certified Lactation Educator™ (CLE©) through CAPPA and a trained birth doula with over 18 years of experience in community-based practice.
She happily supports families during the prenatal and postpartum period for both lactation and nutrition support in the Louisville, KY and Southern Indiana area as well as through worldwide telehealth services.
Bonnie is committed to giving personalized, affirming care to each family she works with! Supporting families during this critical and emotional time in their lives is such important work. A promise to provide support in a compassionate, non-judgmental way to meet parents where they are and help them meet their chest/breastfeeding or nutrition goals is her top priority.
In her downtime, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 6 yo son, traveling and visiting as many National Parks as possible.
Bonnie support families of all backgrounds, structures, and identities. Everyone deserves support and she feels such gratitude to be a small part of her client’s journey.


Michelle Stern

CPDT-KA, Pooch Parenting

Michelle is a certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA), dog behavior consultant, mom, and former classroom teacher. With over 16 years of teaching experience, Michelle loves both the human and canine members of dog families, which shows in her warm and supportive demeanor with clients. She specializes in working with families who are expecting babies and those who already have children and dogs. Learn more about Michelle and her services at: and @PoochParenting on FB/IG. And don't miss her podcast for parents with dogs called Pooch Parenting.


Jen McLellan


Jen McLellan is a published author, founder of Plus Size Birth, and host of the Plus Mommy Podcast. She helps people navigate the world of plus size pregnancy, shares tips for embracing your body, and laughs her way through the adventures of parenthood. Her work has been featured in major publications such as The New York Times, Glamour, Today’s Parent, Huffington Post, and International Doula. As a public speaker, Jen has spoken at numerous events including presenting at the National Institutes of Health. Jen is also a certified childbirth educator, wife, and mother to a charismatic ten-year-old.


Sonali Shivlani


Sonali Shivlani is a CAPPA Certified Professional and Trainer. She is the Executive Director of CAPPA India and also trains for the Pregnancy Fitness Educator Program. She has been working with families since 2004 and has worked with more than 40000 parents through her programs and workshops. She is the author of Prenatal Fitness, Super Moms Recipes and Parenting Mantras. She founded her online pregnancy coaching platform in 2013 which offers complete E Learning solutions for pregnancy and post partum.


Dr. Kristy Christopher-Holloway


Dr. Christopher-Holloway's research focuses on the mental health help-seeking experiences of religious or spiritual African American women diagnosed with infertility, as well as the psycho-emotional impact of infertility. Additionally, she focuses on counselor trans-cultural competence, the intersection of religion and spirituality and mental health, and the impact of generational trauma and the 'Strong Black Woman' syndrome in Black women.

Dr. Christopher-Holloway's background includes working in private practice, in-home counseling, outpatient, and residential treatment. While she has worked with children, adolescents, and adults providing counseling services, her passion and current clinical focus involves working with women experiencing infertility and birth trauma, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (postpartum depression, anxiety, etc), and pregnancy and infant loss (also commonly referred to as perinatal loss or reproductive loss). She is also certified in perinatal mental health (PMH-C).


Trillitye Paullin


I am a Molecular Biologist, Army Veteran, and mother to two beautiful daughters who had severe infant food sensitivities and reactions to proteins transferred from my diet to my breast milk. After processing the painful fact that I could hurt my children through breastfeeding, I started researching how to produce breast milk they could properly digest. I discovered that many parents experience the same troubling situation. I wanted to create a place for parents to find answers to their questions about infant food sensitivities and empower them to continue their breastfeeding journey. This is how Free to Feed was born. We are starting this mission by first creating an at-home test strip that will allow mothers to analyze their breast milk for allergens.

Sessions will only be available to watch throughout the month of October.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to CAPPA Conference 2021?

Conference Sessions are no longer available.

Please look forward to Conference 2022 in Niagara Falls, NY on September 30 - October 2, 2022!

When will I receive my CEU Certificates?

All session feedback surveys and certificates are manually processed.  We will be finalizing all data on November 1st.  Certificates will be issued via email throughout the month of November.  We thank you for your patience!

Will CEUs be offered for conference? How many?

All sessions will have CAPPA Contact Hours, which are always accepted for recertification with CAPPA.  Some sessions are approved for Nursing CEUs and some are approved for CERPS through IBLCE.

Growing your Business and Brand with Social Media
  • (1) Contact Hour for Recertification with CAPPA
Up In Smoke: What to Know About Cannabis During Perinatal Period
  • (1) Contact Hour for Recertification with CAPPA
  • (1) Nursing CEU (Approved by South Carolina Nurses Association)
  • (1) L-CERP (Recognized by IBLCE)
How To Be A Size-Inclusive Birth Professional
  • (1) Contact Hour for Recertification with CAPPA
  • (1) Nursing CEU (Approved by South Carolina Nurses Association)
  • (1) R-CERP (Recognized by IBLCE)
The Role of Implicit Bias in Birthing and Breastfeeding Support
  • (1) Contact Hour for Recertification with CAPPA
  • (1) Nursing CEU (Approved by South Carolina Nurses Association)
  • (1) E-CERP (Recognized by IBLCE)
Psychological Considerations for Supporting Pregnant and Postpartum Clients
  • (1) Contact Hour for Recertification with CAPPA
  • (1) Nursing CEU (Approved by South Carolina Nurses Association)
  • (1) R-CERP (Recognized by IBLCE)
Pregnancy & Birth Coaching in the Virtual World – Meeting Customer Expectations
  • (1) Contact Hour for Recertification with CAPPA
How to Support Attachment and Bonding in the New Family
  • (1) Contact Hour for Recertification with CAPPA
  • (1) Nursing CEU (Approved by South Carolina Nurses Association)
  • (1) R-CERP (Recognized by IBLCE)
Dog and Baby Safety
  • (1) Contact Hour for Recertification with CAPPA
Being An Influence
  • (1) Contact Hour for Recertification with CAPPA
Infertility and PMAD Treatment Implications for Women of Color
  • (1) Contact Hour for Recertification with CAPPA
  • (1) Nursing CEU (Approved by South Carolina Nurses Association)
  • (1) L-CERP (Recognized by IBLCE)
Empowering Parents through Infant Food Sensitivities
  • (1) Contact Hour for Recertification with CAPPA
  • (1) Nursing CEU (Approved by South Carolina Nurses Association)
  • (1) R-CERP (Recognized by IBLCE)
The Language of Lactation - How to Educate Parents on a New Lingo That Supports Their Lactation Journey
  • (1) Contact Hour for Recertification with CAPPA
  • (1) Nursing CEU (Approved by South Carolina Nurses Association)
  • (1) L-CERP (Recognized by IBLCE)

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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!  They will also stay up for re-watch throughout the month of October!

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.

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