CAPPA was founded in 1998 to offer the highest level of professional membership and training to childbirth educators, lactation educators, labor doulas, antepartum doulas and postpartum doulas.
CAPPA was formed out of the need to increase professionalism and provide more options to childbirth professionals worldwide. CAPPA strives to serve its members in a timely, friendly and professional manner.
CAPPA is a membership and certification organization for childbirth professionals such as childbirth educators, labor doulas, postpartum doulas, lactation educators and others.
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Methods of childbirth and pain relief
In most situations and for most people, natural childbirth is the safest way to have a baby. Women should be encouraged to trust their bodies in the birth process and myths about natural childbirth should be dispelled. They should be given the tools to achieve a natural birth, if that is what they desire, and should be equipped with knowledge to make informed decisions about their birth. This knowledge should include a full understanding of the risks of interventions and medications as well as their benefits in certain situations. Education should not involve guilt but should empower women to chose the kind of birth that is best for them, be it medicated or unmedicated, intervention-free or full of traditional interventions. We believe that, given the facts, more women would choose a natural birth for themselves and their babies.
We believe that women have the right to a birth free of unnecessary interventions. We have the duty and opportunity to educate women about the potential dangers unnecessary interventions can cause as well as the "snowball effect" they can have. We should teach the importance of true informed consent and how to achieve it using the seven informed consent questions. No woman should feel that she does not have the right to ask any health care provider questions about a procedure or treatment being offered or given to her. It is her right to reject any treatment or procedure or that does not directly jeopardize the health of her baby. It is our job as childbirth professionals to help parents understand this right and enable them to take control of their own bodies.
Parental responsibility begins during pregnancy. Parents have the responsibility to choose the birth place, attendant, procedures, etc. that are safest for their baby. This is not the responsibility of the doctor, midwife, doula, CBE, or anyone but the parents. While parents should be able to trust those they have chosen to assist and care for them during pregnancy and birth, none of these will have the
Antepartum Doula Support
The Antepartum doula can provide support specialized for pregnancy. This doula is extensively trained to assist mothers that are in a high-risk pregnancy. CAPPA believes that knowledgeable antepartum doulas working along with the health care professionals can provide care and support for healthier outcomes.
Women should be surrounded by those they love and trust during labor, delivery and postpartum. A woman's emotional support team is as vital to her birth experience as the medical team. Labor is not a time that women are able to be the lone decision-makers. Advocates that are there for her are necessary to help protect her memory of her birthing experience. Childbirth education should include information on doulas. Families should given the tools to help the laboring woman achieve the birth that is safest and most satisfying for her. Research has shown that most women accompanied by a doula at birth have better outcomes and are more satisfied with their birth experience.
Productive Communication with the Healthcare Team
Childbirth educators and doulas should teach families that they can negotiate their way through the waters of childbirth choices without making enemies of their health care providers. They should also be taught how to be aware if their health care providers or birth place will really support their birthing desires. There is a point in most births that the health care providers must be trusted to make vital decisions and parents need to know that they are placing that trust in someone who has the same philosophy as they do. Childbirth educators and doulas have the responsibility to help parents develop their own birthing philosophy based on fact and help them prepare for the birth they want. It is not our place as educators to mold parents into our birthing philosophy, but to give them the education necessary to build a sound philosophy of their own. We can help them determine what type of birth they want, then educate them how to achieve that birth under normal circumstances.
Families need to be taught that although labor is painful, there are ways to deal with this pain other than medications. We generally encourage deep, abdominal breathing during labor. Many agree that patterned breathing techniques are not as effective as once believed. They often lead to hyperventilation, frustration on the part of the woman doing them and confusion. In some situations, however, women use them effectively and we feel they are definitely worthy of being somewhere in the laboring woman’s bag of tricks. If a woman wants a natural birth, it is our responsibility to give her many techniques and help her practice them, so that when the time comes, if one thing fails she can easily try something else. Primarily, relaxation is vital if a woman is to achieve a natural birth. Coaches should be taught to recognize relaxation vs. tension and how to bring the mother into a relaxed state with an emphasis on calm breathing. Women should also be taught that there is no shame in vocalization throughout birth and that this is something that many women find useful. There are benefits to changing positions, frequent urination, walking, hydrotherapy, rocking and sitting on the toilet. Different positions for pushing should be addressed. The philosophy of childbirth educators and doulas should be that “anything goes” when it comes to getting through labor as long at it is safe for the mother and baby and it is helpful to her--there is no "right way" to breathe, labor or give birth.
Breastfeeding is best and should be strongly encouraged. CAPPA supports the WHO-UNICEF baby-friendly initiative and the CIMS mother-friendly initiative Families should become educated as to why breastfeeding is best for both mother and baby. They should also be encouraged to attend a breastfeeding support group or class while they are still pregnant so that they make an informed decision about breast vs. bottle. Many parents, when they become educated, will want to breastfeed but we also must recognize that there are many reasons why some cannot or do not wish to. It is not our place to create guilt surrounding infant feeding, only to educate them to make truly informed decisions.
Women have the right to choose where they give birth, whether at home, at a birthing center or in the hospital and we should uphold their right to do so. Every place of birth has its own risks and benefits and we should not discourage a mother from birthing wherever and with whomever she feels safest. We do feel that birth should be attended by a knowledgeable birth attendant, however, and we will not encourage unattended or "Zion" birth.
The postpartum period
The postpartum period is a wonderful but difficult time for most families. Families need to be taught during their childbirth education class realistic expectations of this time so that they can plan and be prepared for it. Parents also need to be given resources to obtain help if they need it.
Postpartum doula care
The postpartum professional or doula is an important part of the childbirth team and that the benefits of postpartum care should be promoted within the childbirth education classes. CAPPA also believes that quality postpartum doula trainings and certification should be made available
CAPPA maintains a web site listing of all of our CAPPA members who wish to have their contact information made public. This makes it easier for families and caregivers to locate a CAPPA professional.
CAPPA publishes a newsletter for our members. (quarterly)
CAPPA is the only organization that trains and certifies childbirth educators, lactation educators, labor doulas and postpartum doulas.
CAPPA offers experienced childbirth educators and labor doulas accelerated certification programs.
CAPPA offers all of its members the education to promote and market their services.
CAPPA offers a conference to all its members, annually.
CAPPA places a strong emphasis on marketing and promotion of services.
CAPPA trainings have a structured curriculum to ensure the highest quality.
CAPPA has mentors available to speak with you directly about any questions or concerns that you may have.
CAPPA verifies all member evaluations for certification to ensure that all of CAPPA certified professionals maintain the highest level of professional behavior.
CAPPA has professional standards. All CAPPA certified professionals must be in good standing with CAPPA and the families the professionals have serviced. (see grievance policy