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Conference 2020 (September 1-13) Tickets available through Sept 30

September 30

$5 – $200

You are invited to join us on September 1-13, 2020 for CAPPA’s 1st virtual conference!  This is the place where all our members from across the globe come to create connections, catch up with old friends, have fun, learn and grow!  The event is only two weeks but the content will be available through the month of September!

Please note, that to purchase tickets to this event, you must be logged in!

Nursing Contact Hours

This nursing continuing professional development activity has been approved by the South Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. The sessions that have been approved will be marked as such on the agenda. CAPPA has been approved for 12 nursing CEUs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a Virtual Conference?

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we decided to change our in-person conference to a virtual one! Though the event itself is over, you can still register and get access to the conference content throughout the month of September.  (Access ends September 30.)

Q: Are the Conference Sessions live or pre-recorded?

The general and optional conference sessions are pre-recorded by the speakers and released as videos which can be accessed at any time starting September 7, 2020.  If you are looking at the Agenda on the app, please go back to September 7 to find all the sessions!

Q: 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 live streamed questions with our speakers from September 11-13.  Sessions have been recorded and can be viewed as many times as needed.

Q: Will CEUs be offered for conference? How many?

Some of our sessions have been approved for Nursing CEUs and some have been approved for L-CERPs.  Not every session qualified for each type of CEU, but every session is approved for CAPPA Contact Hours, which can be used for recertification.

I downloaded Whova, but I can’t find the event/I can’t get in!

If you just registered, please be aware that all orders are processed manually during business hours.  It may take some time for you to gain access to the event.  Once you have access, search for the event “CAPPA Conference 2020”.  There is an invite code that will be emailed to you if you can’t get into the event by signing in with the email you registered with.  If you have any other questions, please contact!

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For the desktop/laptop version, visit CAPPA Conference 2020 on Whova.

Conference Speaker & Session Info

We have a great lineup of speakers, including many returning favorites, new voices, and top experts in the field! Select the title of the session to learn more about it.


Sponsors, Exhibitors, & Supporters

CAPPA is always thankful and appreciative of the support we receive from sponsors and vendors. Choosing to endorse our conference will benefit all who attend and ensure an enriching experience. Interested in being featured in our Conference Manual, website, or Exhibitor Showroom? E-mail if you have any questions.

Click to visit CAPPA Sponsor, Crane. Click to visit CAPPA sponsor, Praeclarus Press. Click to visit CAPPA sponsor, Three Lollies.
Click to visit CAPPA sponsor, Fairhaven Health. Click to visit CAPPA Sponsor, Love to Dream!
Click to visit CAPPA Sponsor, Grand Canyon University. Click to visit CAPPA Sponsor, Birth Behind Bars! Click to visit CAPPA Sponsor, Birthing, Bonding & Breastfeeding, LLC!
Click to visit CAPPA Sponsor and Speaker, Lyndsey Hookway! Click to see a preview of the book, "Holistic Sleep Coaching: Gentle Alternatives to Sleep Training for Health and Childcare Professionals"! Click to visit CAPPA Sponsor, Baby Belly Band.
Click to visit CAPPA Vendor, Count the Kicks!

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!

The CAPPA Conference is *free for members.  *There is a required $5.00 convenience fee to register online.

Babies/children are not allowed in conference sessions. Speakers/times may change without notice. There are no refunds for optional sessions, manuals, 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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Required to attend conference. This includes FREE admission to all 6 General Sessions.  Find Out More...
$ 5.00
All-Sessions Pass
Get all 8 Optional Sessions with a 16% discount!
$ 200.00
Red Session w/ Laura Nance
One of the most valuable gifts a doula or educator can give a family they work with is a listening ear. However, in today’s busy society, effective listening skills do not always come easily. In order for those we work with to feel heard and valued we need to hone our skills so they in turn will be open and willing to engage. During this session, there will be active and fun hands-on, or more specifically “ears-open”, practice to really hear what others are saying and how we can encourage them to share what they are really feeling and thinking. Only when we really focus on what others are needing can we truly educate and support them. At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Demonstrate 4 steps of active listening.
  • Define validation in terms of active listening.
  • Interpret cues to body language.
$ 30.00
Yellow Session w/ Tonya Sakowicz
No matter our roles as birthworkers, having a clear understanding of what food allergies in newborns look like and how they can impact the families we serve is a key component of our work. In this session, we will explore what the difference between an allergy and intolerance is, what we need to know, and how to help the families we are serving through that knowledge. Whether you are a labor doula, postpartum doula, lactation educator or new parent educator, having a solid understanding of food allergies in newborns can make all the difference for our client families. At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Explain the difference between an intolerance and a true allergy.
  • Identify the Big 8 allergens.
  • Describe the signs of an anaphylactic reaction.
  • Identify the common and not so common ways true allergies present in newborns.
$ 30.00
Pink Session w/ Kim Vopni
Incontinence, organ prolapse and diastasis recti are common challenges women face after pregnancy and birth. As a society there is a trend to celebrate extremes in pregnancy and applaud those who are back at the gym a 3 weeks postpartum and look like they ‘never had a baby’. The 6 week ‘green light’ is seen accepted as clearance to return to regular activities but is it too soon? Is 6 weeks enough for everyone? Can what is done in the first 6 weeks postpartum influence the return to optimal form and function? This presentation will look at beneficial postpartum healing practices and the role doulas play in educating their pregnant clients about them. At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the anatomy and functions of the pelvic floor and its role in core control.
  • List the signs and symptoms of common core and pelvic floor challenges.
  • Explain traditional mother roasting practices that can support a more optimal return to function.
$ 30.00
Blue Session w/ Kimberly Bepler
New parents often ask us, “Why is the baby doing that? What is my baby saying? What does that cry mean?” and a million other questions about how to understand their babies. Babies are little mysteries to most new parents, and they look to us as perinatal professionals to help them interpret their language and learn to confidently read their babies. As educators and doulas, having knowledge about babies isn’t helpful to our clients until we can translate what we know into ways to support families for their own growth and confidence. In this session, professionals will have opportunities to test their interpretation skills, fine tune their explanations, and learn some new tools to support parents before and after baby arrives, as we focus on approaches that can be easily added to a class curriculum, a doula visit, or a new parents group. At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Define 3 common behaviors of infants that often confuse parents.
  • Demonstrate 2 different tools for understanding an infant’s cries.
  • List 3 reflexes of infants that support calming and connection.
$ 30.00
Purple Session w/ Christy Jo Hendricks
Get that idea of creating a prenatal breastfeeding class out of your head and make it a reality! You have wisdom to share, but how do you share it in a way that captures parents’ attention and appeals to different learning styles? In this interactive presentation, I’ll guide you through the process of creating a prenatal breastfeeding class. Join in as we work with tools and handouts that will help you create a prenatal breastfeeding class that meets the goal of setting parents up for breastfeeding success! This is a workshop—so come prepared to work! At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • List three-six concepts to teach in a prenatal breastfeeding class.
  • Identify at least one way to appeal to the visual, kinesthetic and auditory learner.
  • List three activities to incorporate into a prenatal breastfeeding class.
  • Write three objectives for a one-hour prenatal breastfeeding class Understand the several differences between right and left-brain learners.
  • Identify two reputable sources for references.
$ 30.00
Light Green Session w/ Elaine Cavazos

In this session we will learn the common signs and symptoms of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. While reviewing the symptomatology of these mental health issues, we’ll discuss the multiple risk factors, including environmental stressors, that contribute to these struggles.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the risk factors and types of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
  • Describe the biopsychosocial model as it applies to perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
  • Determine the settings/situations where these clients are encountered, how it impacts them, and what can be done for them.
$ 30.00
Dark Green Session w/ Elaine Cavazos
Participants will learn effective interventions that can be used when working with parents who are struggling with PMAD’s in the community. As well as effective understanding how to advocate for these parents with other care providers or agencies that support early parenthood. This workshop will be a continuation for those who feel they already have some knowledge of perinatal mood disorders. At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Discuss effective interventions that can be employed in their particular line of work with these parents.
  • Combat the stigmatization of mental health issues in the perinatal period through education and advocacy.
$ 30.00
Black Session w/ Katie Nyberg
Many of us have had tables at expos where we talk to families and get our hopes up for new clients. We share our business cards in hopes that they will turn into more families that will use our services. However, many people are disappointed that their efforts don’t result in new business. Katie will share some of the business and marketing strategies that have helped her grow her business—both at the expos and other ways too. She will present easy to implement ideas for maximizing your time and money when it comes to promoting your passion. She will share what new trends in marketing and networking including reaching millennial audience, unusual marketing ideas, and getting the most out of networking! At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Discover how to improve their current efforts that may bring more growth to their business.
  • Identify marketing and networking ideas that will improve growth and profit within your business.
  • Evaluate new ideas in marketing and networking to see if they are a good fit for your business.
$ 30.00


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