An informed approach to preparing for baby & beyond...
Expecting? Looking for the tools you need to birth confidently? Let's get together! Enroll today!
- I help parents make informed choices about pregnancy health,
having a safe and satisfying labor, breastfeeding & newborn care, plus much more!
- My classes are appropriate for couples who hope to birth in a hospital or at home.
The CAPPA Vision
Imagine a world… Where women are encouraged to trust their bodies. Where myths about pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period, and breastfeeding are dispelled.
Imagine a world… Where women are given the tools they need to make informed decisions about their pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and breastfeeding experiences.
Imagine a world… Where education does not use guilt as a motivator but instead encourages families to make intuitive and informed decisions.
Imagine a world… Where women are surrounded by caring, compassionate support throughout the perinatal period.
Imagine a world… Where families are equipped to embrace parenthood with confidence.
Imagine a world… Where there is mutual respect amongst support professionals and medical professionals, all working together as colleagues to give the best care for families.
Imagine an organization … That strives every day to make this world a reality.
CAPPA...Reality begins with imagination.
Do I really need childbirth classes?
Birth is a major, life-altering event that you will remember forever, and how your birth happens can affect you and your baby's health for the rest of your lives. It is a well-established fact that many of the "routines" of obstetric care are not helpful and may contradict what research shows to be best for moms and babies. After taking a childbirth class, a couple may decide to opt-out of some of these "routine ways" in favor of an evidence-based approach. For many couples who've prepared with childbirth classes, the birth of a baby will be a wonderful, empowering, fulfilling experience they will treasure.
For thousands of years, humans learned about birth through watching their sister, aunts, cousins, livestock and other animals all birthing their babies without medical help. Girls would have learned about their bodies from the "wise woman" of her clan. Western society separated people from witnessing the natural birthing process after it was brought into hospitals. Today, there is a need for a new way of learning about the birthing process.
Even if you've already decided that you'd like to use some medication for pain relief, you'll still come away from a birth class with a wealth of helpful information: things like how to determine when you're really in labor, how to cope with contractions before it's time for an epidural to be inserted (or if the epidural fails), how to initiate breastfeeding, caring for your body & your baby during the postpartum period, and much more.
Plus, childbirth classes are fun! I do try to incorporate humor and keep the mood light.
Can't I just take the class offered at my hospital?
While hospital classes are helpful to get better acquainted with your hospital, the short amount of time allotted and large group size may be too fast and impersonal to effectively prepare you and your partner for labor. They may not allow you to time to practice hands-on coping techniques, get in-depth answers, or equip you to make decisions about the care you receive since hospitals put trust in their staff to help make medical decisions. As an independent childbirth educator, I am not motivated by, scripted by, or bound by any hospital politics. I am motivated by my passion to help women achieve the best birth experience they can have.
In independent childbirth classes, you’ll see videos designed to inspire. You'll learn about a broader range of tools and options so you'll be better prepared and informed to choose what works for you. The slower pace and group dynamic fosters interaction, mutual support, and sharing experiences together. I have ongoing conversations with my clients, so that over the course of weeks (not hours) you will have time to mull things over and return with questions. You will be able to receive ongoing, personalized follow-up support from someone with whom you feel comfortable. Learning about birth with someone you trust in a personalized manner and relaxed environment helps to relieve much of the fear associated with birth.
Can't I just read articles and ask friends to prepare myself for birth?
Perusing the Internet can actually have negative affects and make you more fearful! The Internet is a wealth of information, with a lot of misinformation floating around. Birth classes will help you wade through it in a clear, concise manner. Most people don't go through a big life transition very easily without some mentorship. There's no life transition that quite compares to entering parenthood.
A lack of knowledge will affect your ability to make informed decisions with your caregiver. Your monthly visits with your care provider aren't going to prepare you for birth (in a survey conducted by Cornell University, more than half of doctors admitted to rarely questioning their patients about things like nutrition). You might not know what questions to ask you provider or the Internet. It is wise to know what the risks and options are so you can make informed decisions instead of something you might regret.
I have been steadily learning about birth and baby care for more than six years. I especially focus on research-based information and dispelling myths.
Maybe you've given birth before and just want to brush up, maybe you're disappointed in a previous birth experience, or maybe you're a first time parent who's not sure where to begin, I'm here to equip and encourage you.
I love my CAPPA training, because of how it has helped my use my critical thinking skills. I am learning how to use Medline and Cochrane reviews to get the facts. I can bring my clients the most up-to-date, in-depth, evidence-based childbirth class possible. I am able to draw from a wide variety of teachers and resources to implement into my class. Some of my influences include: Ina May Gaskin, Penny Simkin, Gloria Lemay, Marsden Wagner, Barbara Harper, Lamaze, Hypnobirthing, Bradley Method, Michel Odent, Sarah J. Buckley, Jen Kamel, and Rebecca Dekker.
The Childbirth and Postpartum Professionals Association (CAPPA) is the most comprehensive and fastest-growing childbirth professional organization in the world. CAPPA is unique compared to other organizations, because CAPPA professionals are able to utilize a large variety of techniques, skills, and coping strategies that are both evidence-based and personalized to the individual, as opposed to being limited to a set, static method. Additionally, The CAPPA Approach differs from a method in that it embraces new evidence-based information, and can grow and transform to stay relevant to the families served by CAPPA professionals. CAPPA professionals do not use guilt as a motivator, rather they emphasize empowering couples to make decisions with unbiased, evidence-based information. CAPPA professionals are trained to dispel myths about pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period, and breastfeeding.
CAPPA celebrates the fact that the human body is designed to support pregnancy and give birth safely and normally the majority of the time. When women have the information they need and a supportive environment, pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can unfold without unnecessary and unwanted interventions. In most situations and for most women, childbirth without intervention is the safest way to give birth. CAPPA recognizes and appreciates the fact that medical advancements and technologies are important tools when needed. CAPPA encourages women to trust their bodies throughout the perinatal experience.
Learn more about the CAPPA vision here
“If I don't know my options,
I don't have any.”
~ Diana Korte, Author
I am trained and certified as a childbirth educator through CAPPA. I am currently a certified H.U.G. Your Baby instructor, member of the Colorado Springs BirthNetwork, member of the Colorado Doulas Association, and a professional member of CAPPA. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in art from the University of Northern Iowa in 2006.