CAPPA Conference 2022 Agenda

We have all the info about speakers, sessions, and workshops on this page!

Pre-Conference Training

Wednesday & Thursday, September 28-29

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Postpartum Doula Training

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Labor Doula Training

8:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Early Bird Check-in + Meet-n-Greet

Join us on Thursday evening for early registration! CAPPA Members who are staying at the Sheraton Niagara Falls are welcome to the ballroom as we mingle with vendors and snack on appetizers. Cash bar will be available.

Day 1 - Sessions & Workshops

Friday, September 30


Dr. Sayida Peprah-Wilson, Speaker

9:00 AM

General Session
Identifying and Leveraging Resilience, Support Strategies, Intervention, and Culturally Informed Practice

Identifying and Leveraging Resilience, Support Strategies, Intervention, and Culturally Informed Practice

Racial disparities in mental, physical, maternal, and infant health have been widely discussed of late. Even when socio-economic factors are controlled for, many studies indicate that disparities remain significant within the Black community. The impacts of race-related stressors and transgenerational trauma have been linked to the persistence of negative social and health outcomes. Less discussed are the numerous protective and resilience factors, inherent within the Black community, extending from the ancestors to the current day influencers, that foster mental wellness and positive health outcomes.

This presentation will offer strength-based individual and community strategies to mitigate the impacts of transgenerational trauma and race-related stressors. Recommendations for establishing and maintaining mind, body, spirit wellbeing will be highlighted.

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

  • Define transgenerational trauma.
  • Explain transgenerational resilience.
  • Identify 3 personal strategies to mitigate the impacts of transgenerational trauma and race-related stressors.

1:00 PM

Welcome with Jill Reiter


Anna Rodney, Speaker

1:30 PM

2-Hour Workshop
Launching and Growing Your Birth and Postpartum Business

Launching and Growing Your Birth and Postpartum Business

Whether you are just getting started, or you are growing your birth and postpartum business, this workshop will leave you with all the tools and confidence you need to accomplish your business goals. In this fun and interactive workshop, Anna will be tailoring content so you leave with the next steps for your business. Learn about the logistical steps of marketing, building relationships, and so much more!

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

  • Launch their own business with confidence.
  • Grow their own business with new-found knowledge.
  • Market their business successfully and build meaningful relationships.

7:30 PM

Networking Event

Day 2 - Sessions & Workshops

Saturday, October 1


Bryna Hayden, Speaker

9:00 AM

General Session
Beyond Baby Brain: Embracing Neurodivergence in your Practice

Beyond Baby Brain: Embracing Neurodivergence in your Practice

Neurodivergence is one of many hidden disabilities. It is often overlooked or poorly understood. Spectrum disorders present a unique set of challenges to accessing healthcare, especially lactation care. These challenges worsen with stress, hormonal changes, and lack of sleep—things new parents often experience all at once, particularly when struggling with lactation and infant feeding difficulty. With the information and strategies outlined in this talk, the lactation care provider can develop skills and use creative problem solving to ensure their systems of care are accessible and enthusiastically inclusive of neurodivergent families.

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

  • Define different disorders contained within the spectrum of neurodiversity.
  • Identify the rates of prevalence in adult populations (20-35y).
  • Examine their own systems and identify “pain points” in accessibility for neurodivergent families.
  • Unpack internalized biases about behaviors common in neurodivergent populations.
  • Explain strategies for advocacy in cases of medical discrimination.


Katie Nyberg, Speaker

1:00 PM

2-Hour Workshop
Advanced Labor Doula Support: Taking Your Doula Skills to the Next Level!

(with various subtopics)

Advanced Labor Doula Support: Taking Your Doula Skills to the Next Level!

Join our Labor Doula Faculty for an interactive session designed to increase your knowledge and skills when supporting your labor clients! Topics will include expanding your client prenatal experience, adding more labor positions to your support, supporting high intervention births, and learning how to be a great advocate in the birth room. All are welcome, even if you're not currently working as a labor doula!

Subtopic: My Hips Don’t Lie: Effective Movement for Labor Progress


Debbie Hull, Guest Speaker


Jodi Green, Guest Speaker


Laura Nance, Speaker

3:30 PM

2-Hour Workshop
Supporting a Family to THRIVE

(with various subtopics)

Supporting a Family to THRIVE

In this interactive session we will look at ways to support the whole family to thrive during the postpartum and newborn time period.

Subtopic: Prioritizing Physical Recovery after Birth

The body goes through many major changes during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. These changes require healing and physical support. Many times, this physical support is not prioritized as families focus is on the baby and the many other changes during the postpartum transition. When the healing is not a priority, it can lead to long-term dysfunction, pain, and a lack of confidence both physically and emotionally. As doulas on the frontline, we can make a difference not only during the short time we are working with families, but also long-term by educating on and supporting the real process of the healing of the pelvic floor and core.

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

  • List 10 ways the body needs to heal physically after birth.
  • Explain 4 main ways to support the physical healing of the body after birth.
  • Recognize appropriate vs damaging physical support to the healing tissues of the core and floor.
  • Create a plan to prioritize physical healing in their clients.

Other Subtopics: Postpartum Support in Partners & The Magic of Touch for Infants


Juan Irby, Guest Speaker


Kaybee Beach, Guest Speaker

Day 3 - Sessions & Workshops

Sunday, October 2

9:00 AM

Closing Message with Jill Reiter


Teresa Maskery, Speaker

9:30 AM

2-Hour Workshop
Unpacking Adult Learning Strategies for Birth Professionals

Unpacking Adult Learning Strategies for Birth Professionals

A hands on workshop that will challenge you to rethink adult education for both online and in-person learning Times are changing. The last 2 years have forced a significant shift in our lives, jobs and our approach to education. With so many appointments, meetings and classes moving to online platforms, it is crucial that we better understand how adults learn and how to meet those needs in both online and in person settings.

Join me as we unpack “The New 5 R’s for Engaging Millennial Learners” in this interactive, hands on workshop designed to give you practical and effective tools that will resource you with the skills you need. Together we will create in person resources and explore online activities that will enable your training to rise to the challenge of engagement, retention, and inspiration.

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

  • List the 5 R’s for engaging Millennial learners.
  • Create hands-on resources for their students.
  • Evaluate and use online collaborative platforms for online and hybrid teaching that suits their needs.

Post-Conference Training

Monday & Tuesday, October 3-4

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New Parent Educator Training

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Childbirth Educator Training

8:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Online Sessions

These come FREE with registration and you get can access them at any time during conference!


Jan Tedder, Speaker

Roadmap to Breastfeeding Success: How baby’s normal development impacts the breastfeeding experience

Misunderstanding a baby’s behavior can undermine a new mother’s confidence and cause her to add formula, begin solids prematurely, or abandon breastfeeding altogether. This workshop reviews current pediatric and lactation literature that identifies times when mothers are more likely to be confused by their baby’s behavior from birth to one year. Inspiring parent video, engaging case studies and accessible parent resources will give participants information to help mothers anticipate normal changes in their baby’s behavior so that mothers can more successfully meet their breastfeeding goals.

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

  • Describe Dr. T Berry Brazelton’s Touchpoints theory and how misunderstanding baby’s behavior impacts breastfeeding.
  • Describe three developmental events between birth and one year that impact the breastfeeding experience.
  • Describe two available resources to enhance mothers’ understanding of the impact of child development on breastfeeding.


Sally Placksin, Speaker

Introduction to Reimagining Postpartum Support: A New Paradigm to Help You Add Scope, Value, and Prenatal Hours To your Postpartum Doula Offerings

How do we help clients prepare for the postpartum journey prenatally, when they often say they cannot focus beyond the birth? One way is to reframe how we understand the meaning of postpartum support. Resting on the shoulders of Mothering the New Mother, Reimagining Postpartum Support (RPS) is a new paradigm that addresses the perinatal experience through a “peace-of-mind-centered” lens, with special focus on building a strong foundation for what happens after baby arrives. As postpartum doulas, you are well-positioned to use an RPS approach with clients prenatally; the groundwork you create benefits you both after baby arrives. This session introduces two key RPS elements and demonstrates how you can use them immediately to engage clients in a way that prioritizes/personalizes postpartum peace of mind and emotional wellbeing.

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

  • Describe the origin and purpose of the RPS paradigm.
  • Implement the three components of the RPS Perinatal Peace-of-Mind Timeline prenatally.
  • Utilize one other RPS tool to deepen connection with clients.


Jaime Charlebois & Patricia Tomasi, Speakers

Towards a National Perinatal Mental Health Strategy

From ‘two Barrie Moms on a Mission’ to a meeting with the Prime Minister of Canada in two short years. Jaime Charlebois and Patricia Tomasi, Co-Founders/Co-Executive Directors of the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative, explain advocacy at the national level and what’s needed to evoke change on the front-lines and within the community.

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

  • List reasons why Canada needs a national perinatal mental health strategy.
  • Describe what other countries and jurisdictions are doing to address perinatal mental health that Canada isn’t.
  • Advocate and create national awareness for perinatal mental health.


Stephanie George, Speaker

Trauma Informed Care through a Lactation Lens

Using cultural humility and trauma-informed care, we will discuss ways we may serve people around us in more sensitive methods. Using lactation as the focus, we will discuss how to build relationships with clients, and clients with their babies, to help them see their strength and resiliency.

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

  • Define the 4 pillars of trauma-informed care.
  • Support clients using deeper reflective listening techniques.
  • Identify the different ways to meet clients where they are in order to better serve them.


Nichelle Clark, Speaker

Pump It Up!: Supporting Exclusively Pumping Parents

The first breast pump is credited to being invented/patented in 1854 by O. H. Needham. Since then, the pump industry has exploded, making breast pumps of some sort accessible throughout the Western World. But, while technology has transitioned with the times, the bias that exists within lactation has not. Clinicians are still drawing hard lines on what the “true” definition is. In this presentation, we’ll dive into why there’s still a debate and answer the age old question. Spoiler alert: Pumping is breastfeeding. Period.

This presentation will address the learners' understanding of the definition of breastfeeding and how to support parents in breastfeeding/chestfeeding via pumping.

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

  • Define breastfeeding/chestfeeding and the difference between “from the breast” vs. “at the breast”, using language that is mindful.
  • Discuss the importance of checking biases and how biases affect trust and respect when working with a dyad/triad.
  • Identify reasons why parents may utilize a breast pump.
  • Describe how IBCLCs can impact and facilitate proper use of breast pumps.
  • Explain how support networks affect the breastfeeding relationship, including initiation and duration of breastfeeding.
  • Describe what’s covered under WHO Code as it relates to pumping parents (and what is not covered).
  • Implement important counseling and active listening skills when speaking with parents/clients.


Joel Austin, Speaker

Male Inclusion is Essential to Maternal Health

Male Inclusion in Maternal Health is a secret to assisting in positive Maternal Health and positive infant and child health outcomes. So why don’t we use them more? So, what makes them so important? Learn how male inclusion is essential to better maternal health outcomes for us all.

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

  • Describe the history of paternal health.
  • Explain how inclusion equals positive outcomes in maternal & child wellness.
  • Expand their practice to support male clients that lead to better health outcomes.

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