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Conference 2010

 CAPPA conferences are a great place for you to expand your professional knowledge on childbirth, postpartum, breastfeeding and parenting topics. Attend the CAPPA FREE childbirth conference and earn CEUs that you can use for recertification. CAPPA is proud to present the world's leading authorities on all the topics you use in your practice as a professional. We are committed to providing you with an excellent conference that meets all of your needs.

The 2010 annual CAPPA conference will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, July 22nd to July 25th. Our annual conference is free to all members of CAPPA, though additional sessions are offered at a low cost to extend your conference learning experience. We hope to see you there!

Would you like to sponsor or exhibit at the conference? Email info@cappa.net for more information.



The Hilton Charlotte University Place

"The Hilton at Charlotte University Place (view eBrochure) is located at The Shoppes at University Place and offers a variety of diversions for a sunny afternoon. You can explore the walking trail that skirts the perimeter of a picturesque ten-acre lake, located at the center of the facility, or pass the time exploring a combination of unique, local specialty shops and well-known national retailers. After satisfying your shopper's cravings, rest under a patio umbrella and enjoy a glass of wine or an ice cream cone while you consider where to have lunch or dinner. The Shoppes offer a variety of restaurants from which to choose - Chinese, Mexican, Italian, sushi, seafood, snack foods, fast food - you name it. And after your meal, why not round out the evening and visit the movie theatre on site and take in the latest blockbuster?"

The room rate is $109.00 USD. Be sure to ask for the CAPPA room rate when reserving your room!

Area Information & Attractions

Our hotel is surrounded by The Shoppes at University Place, a large shopping complex offering more than 80 stores! Relax after a long day of socializing and learning with a pedicure or a quiet dinner with friends. There's even a lake - complete with swans! - for you to escape to. There's also a series of concerts all summer long!

Shopping aside, Charlotte is North Carolina's largest city (and the 19th largest in the country), so plenty of entertainment options are available to you. There's a reason it was chosen as one of the best places to live in 2008 by several publications, including CNNMoney.com! The Mint Museum of Art, Latta Plantation, Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, and Concord Mills shopping mall are just few of the interesting attractions located within a few miles of the hotel. The Lowe's Motor Speedway is also nearby, so NASCAR fans should be sure to make a stop there after conference hours!

For more information about Charlotte, please see charlottesgotalot.com! You may also like to view these videos of interest: Shopping in Charlotte, Family Activities in Charlotte, Charlotte Dining, Restaurants, & Nightlife, and Charlotte Culture.

Conference Theme

The Power of Women

The Power of Women is the foundation of an organization like CAPPA. Our 2010 conference is meant to be reflective of the innate power within each woman, and to be a place to reconnect with the powers that connect us as women and support professionals for the childbearing year. Power is our abiltiy to connect to our internal greatness and leadership capabilities, empowering ourselves for our highest good and our community's highest good. Since the beginning of time, women have expressed their power and changed the world. CAPPA is focused on making a worldwide change in the consciousness around conception, birth and breastfeeding. We welcome you to step into that change and into your own power. Join us at the 2010 CAPPA conference to hear speakers* who will light the fires of your power and bond with the sisterhood power that is CAPPA.

* While we recognize the power and influence of the women shown in the collage above, we do not imply they will be speaking or appearing at our conference. These women were chosen to demonstrate the "power of women" because of their remarkable work in the birth and breastfeeding fields. Details regarding our speakers will be posted as soon as they become available.

Contact Hours (CEUs)

All general and breakout sessions will award CAPPA contact hours. CAPPA has applied for nursing CEUs. CAPPA contact hours are generally accepted by all major childbirth related organizations.


Mothers may bring quiet, breastfeeding babies less than three months of age. We ask that you bring a support person to watch the baby outside the conference area between feedings. Fussy or disruptive babies will be asked to leave the conference area as it is a learning environment.

Would yo u like to sponsor or exhibit at the conference? Email info@cappa.net for more information.



Cord Blood Registry · Gold Level Sponsor

CBR is the most experienced cord blood bank. CBR has saved cord blood stem cells for more than 300,000 newborns and has helped more clients use their stem cells for lifesaving transplants and regenerative medicine therapies - double that of any other family bank.

Doulas.com · Gold Level Sponsor

Doulas.com is a resource page for parents and birthing professionals but set up with the fun of Facebook. Parents can get information about all pregnancy and childbirth services. Birthing professionals can join other doulas, educators and the like in our interactive community to network and share with other like-minded individuals like you.

Lansinoh · Gold Level Sponsor

Our Lansinoh family started over 25 years ago with a breastfeeding mom creating her own pure lanolin nipple cream when no other could be found. Today, our breastfeeding and baby supplies are still made by moms, for moms and we put thought, care and practicality into all of our products.


July 22nd, 2010 · Thursday

  • 04:00pm - 06:00pm - Exhibitor set up
  • 04:00pm - 05:00pm - Volunteer meeting (Email Kym Dalton to volunteer!)
  • 05:30pm - 08:30pm - FREE outdoor Concert by the lake (just outside hotel)
  • 06:00pm - 07:30pm - Exhibitor space open; visit the awesome market place!
  • 06:00pm - 07:30pm - Pre-conference registration
  • 07:30pm - 08:30pm - Meet and greet (weather permitting) *

* - This will be right outside the lower level hotel meeting area, near the lake.

July 23rd, 2010 · Friday

  • 06:00am - 06:30am - Yoga by the lake with Laurel Wilson
  • 07:00am - 08:00am - Conference registration (participants must sign in each day)
  • 07:00am - 08:00am - Exhibitor space open
  • 08:00am - 08:30am - Conference opening (Tracy Wilson Peters: The Power of Women)
  • 08:30am - 09:45am - Amy Hatkoff: The Power to Make the Invisible Visible
  • 09:45am - 10:45am - Exhibit space open
  • 10:45am - 12:00pm - Andrea Sharpe: Teen Moms Empowered for Success
  • 02:00pm - 12:20pm - Gold Level Speaker (TBA)
  • 12:20pm - 01:00pm - Exhibitor space open
  • 01:00pm - 02:15pm - Barbara Harper: Leave Well Enough Alone - Natural 3rd Stage (optional)
  • 02:45pm - 04:00pm - Polly Perez: Innovative Childbirth Education Teaching Points (optional)
  • 04:30pm - 05:45pm - Patricia A. Burrell: Insurance Reimbursement for Doulas (optional)
  • 07:00pm - 10:00pm - Chocolate Lover's Paradise ($15.00; buy your ticket when you register!)

Chocolate Lover's Party

This party will fulfill every woman's dream! Join us for music, networking, lots of laughs and... CHOCOLATE! Tickets are $15.00 per person and can be purchased when you register.

  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Chocolate dipped strawberries
  • Chocolate brownies
  • Candybars
  • Chocolate fondue with marshmallows and pound cake
  • Yoo-hoo chocolate drink
  • Soda and bottled water
  • Cash bar for cocktails
  • July 24th, 2010 · Saturday

    July 25th, 2010 · Sunday

    • 07:00am - 07:30am - Yoga by the lake with Laurel Wilson
    • 08:00am - 09:00am - Exhibit space open
    • 08:00am - 09:00am - Sunday registration check-in
    • 09:00am - 09:15am - Sunday opening (Janice Banther)
    • 09:15am - 10:30am - Barbara Harper: Getting Hospitals to Change Policy - Education, not Alienation
    • 10:30am - 11:30am - Exhibit space open / closing of silent auction
    • 11:30am - 12:45pm - Polly Perez: Empowering Women - Building New Dreams
    • 12:45pm - 01:00pm - Closing remarks


    CAPPA conferences are known for their informative and dynamic speakers. Information on our speakers for the 2010 conference can be found below.

    General Sessions

    Barbara Harper, RN

    Barbara Harper, RN, is the founder of Global Maternal/Child Health Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to education and research about natural childbirth, including the use of water to ease labor and birth. She lectures internationally on maternity care reform.

    General session: Getting Hospitals to Change Policy - Education, Not Alienation
    We all want hospitals to adapt evidence based practices and put in place policies that embrace mothers' and babies' needs. How do we get there? Barbara will give us examples of approaches that have worked in helping hospitals institute waterbirth practices as well as reminding us that compassion, mindfulness and strategic attraction are useful tools in all aspects of communication.. Be the change you want to see in others, first.

    Amy Hatkoff

    Amy Hatkoff is a child and family advocate, parenting educator, author and filmmaker. Her newest book, The Inner World of Farm Animals (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, Spring, 2009) brings the emotional, social and intellectual capacities of farm animals to life. . With a foreword by Jane Goodall and an afterword by Wayne Pacelle, President of The Humane Society of the United States, the book challenges us all to reconsider the way we think about and treat farm animals. Combining the latest research with touching stories and beautiful photographs, the book makes a plea for treating these beings with compassion and respect.


    Ms. Hatkoff has spent much of her career raising awareness of the needs of children and families in America. She collaborated with New Screen Concepts to produce Rob Reiner's The First Years Last Forever, a home video that addresses how parents and caregivers can foster children's emotional, social and cognitive development. The video has been distributed nationwide as part of Mr. Reiner's public education campaign, now known as Parent's Action Center," which focuses on the importance of relationships and the first three years of life.

    Ms. Hatkoff is the co-author of How to Save the Children, which was published by Simon and Schuster Fireside Press in 1992. The book draws attention to the suffering of children in the United States and offers concrete suggestions on what any citizen can do to fight the impact of poverty and neglect. With a moving forward by Marian Wright Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund, How to Save the Children was chosen as the Book-of-the-Month Club pro bono publico selection. She is the author of You Are My World, How a Parent's Love Shapes a Baby's Mind (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2007).

    Ms. Hatkoff is one of the producers of Neglect Not The Children, a documentary for public television hosted by Morgan Freeman. Nominated for a New York Emmy and winner of the C.I.N.E. Golden Eagle Award, the film demonstrates how caring programs and individuals can increase the likelihood of positive outcomes for youth at-risk.

    At the request of Vice President Al Gore, Ms. Hatkoff conceived of and developed a plan for a National Parenting Education Program. In the summer of 2003, she brought aspects of that plan to the New York City’s Public Advocate's office and launched Partnerships for Parents, a citywide initiative to foster parents' capacities to nurture their children's healthy development.

    General session: The Power to Make the Invisible Visible
    This presentation simplifies and summarizes the latest research on the impact of relationships and early experiences on all aspects of an infant's development. It synthesizes the best of what we know about the neuroscience of attachment theory and attuned parenting. Drawing on the book You Are My World: How a Parent's Life Shapes a Baby's Mind, it demonstrates how images and simple captions spoken by babies themselves can speak to a parent's heart and make these concepts easy to absorb and apply. The presentation offers non-threatening pathways professionals can use to help parents of all backgrounds remember and make sense of their own childhoods, freeing themselves for more nurturing interactions with their babies.

    Barbara Hotelling

    Barbara has been an active birth doula and Lamaze educator for over 25 years. She maintains her certifications with DONA International and Lamaze International, is on the Lamaze Faculty and is an approved DONA Doula Trainer. In addition to teaching Lamaze seminars for training childbirth educators and doula trainings, she has taught Labor Support for Nurses, Labor Support and the Teen Specialist programs of Lamaze throughout the United States , Canada, and in Korea. Barbara has served as President of DONA International, Chair of the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) and President of Lamaze International. Presently she serves on the Certification Council of Lamaze International and the Leadership Team of CIMS.

    General session: The Power to Give Birth
    Addressing the pain and fear of labor are not the only essential elements in childbirth education and labor support. Those of us working with expectant and birthing women must instill in them the knowledge of how well their bodies work to produce babies. In their birth classes, we must tell them the story of how their hormones work efficiently to enable them to give birth safely and with great satisfaction, what birth interventions interfere with these physiological processes, how Sphincter Law can help them create the best environment for physiologic birth, and how story-telling can empower them and future generations. And we must use that information in labor to help them see how wonderfully their bodies are working to give birth.

    Paulina 'Polly' Perez, RN, BSN, FACCE

    Paulina G. (Polly) Perez, RN, BSN, FACCE, is an internationally known perinatal nurse and lecturer. She is the author of Special Women: The Role of the Professional Labor Assistant and numerous journal articles.

    General session: Empowering Others
    After hearing Polly's speech, participants will be able to identify 4 significant things most mothers remember from their birth experience, the skills we must use to empower ourselves and the patients we care for, and the questions one must ask themselves while developing patient-based policies and procedures.

    Alan Phillips

    Alan co-founded Citizens for Healthcare Freedom in the mid-1990's, a non-profit organization originally founded to raise awareness on vaccine concerns. Alan's Dispelling Vaccination Myths article, written in 1996 and updated periodically in subsequent years, has been published around the world and translated into several languages including Russian, Chinese, Spanish and several other European languages. Alan's concern about immunization issues inspired him to pursue a law degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Today, Alan is one of few attorneys in the U.S. whose legal practice regularly includes vaccine exemption and waiver issues. His clients include a growing number of attorneys from around the country seeking help with their own clients' vaccine exemption matters. Alan may be the only attorney in the U.S. with a website dedicated to vaccine exemptions, an e-book providing detailed information about the law on vaccine exemptions and waivers in a variety of contexts, and published articles on vaccine exemption-related topics.

    General session: Your Power to Choose - Vaccine Legal Exemption Rights
    An Introduction to the law on vaccine religious exemptions and waivers in a variety of different contexts, and how they change during declared emergencies.

    This session will empower all concerned with sufficient understanding of the complex arena of vaccine rights to enable informed decision-making regarding exemptions and waivers. This will include understanding when current rights are adequate and when expansion of those rights is needed to ensure the availability of proper choices to meet individual and societal needs.

    Andrea Sharpe

    Ms. Sharpe is the Director of Training for G-CAPP. She provides conceptual leadership and oversight for all statewide training, technical assistance and capacity building activities and products. Overall, Ms. Sharpe has fourteen years of adolescent health and youth development experience. Her past experiences have afforded her opportunities to serve as a consultant for the state of Georgia's Adolescent Health and Youth Development Unit in Public Health. In this role, Ms. Sharpe provided training and technical assistance to Georgia's eighteen Public Health districts regarding their youth development programs, strategic plans, and activities. As the Adolescent Health Manager for a five-hospital system in metro Atlanta, Ms. Sharpe developed, implemented, and evaluated the health system's programs, activities, and partnerships in school health and parenting.

    General session: Teen Moms Empowered for Success
    Teen mothers have special physical, emotional, and developmental needs. This presentation will inspire and motivate childbirth professionals to utilize skills and tools to empower teen moms to success in pregnancy and parenting. Specifically, childbirth professionals will learn emerging research and data that demonstrate the success of coupling doulas with expectant teens, the conflicting tasks of adolescence that pregnant teens experience, and postpartum assessment skills to aid in preventing repeat teen pregnancy.

    Breakout Sessions

    All Breakout Sessions are $25 each.

    Barbara Harper, RN

    Leave Well Enough Alone - Natural 3rd Stage
    Barbara Harper, RN, is the founder of Global Maternal/Child Health Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to education and research about natural childbirth, including the use of water to ease labor and birth. She lectures internationally on maternity care reform.


    Paulina 'Polly' Perez, RN, BSN, FACCE

    Innovative Childbirth Education Teaching Points
    Paulina G. (Polly) Perez, RN, BSN, FACCE, is an internationally known perinatal nurse and lecturer. She is the author of Special Women: The Role of the Professional Labor Assistant and numerous journal articles. 

    Patricia A. Burrell

    Insurance Reimbursement for Doulas - All the Latest Information!
    Pat is President of Beach Baby's Doula Services. Throughout her career as a nurse, program director and supervisor, Pat has led the way in implementing successful programs that address the needs of mothers, babies and young children. She has consistently worked to increase access to services for all. As Maternal Child Health Coordinator at VNA of Center County, she restructured the Healthy Beginnings Plus program, improving its availability to maternity patients as well as increasing its profitability. As the Health Consultant to Early Head Start of Center County, PA, she raised the breast feeding rate from 5%-80%.


    Tracy Wilson Peters, CD, CLD, CCCE, ICCE, CLE

    Using Online Social Marketing for Your Business
    Tracy is a born communicator. She has been working with expectant mothers for more than 16 years, assisting over 200 women as a doula and educating more than 3,000 families about childbirth. She has been featured on Fox, CBS, NBC, and ABC and in publications such as The Atlanta Journal, The Times, The Gwinnett Daily Post, Fit pregnancy magazine, Atlanta Parent Magazine, The Indiana Star, and Essence. She is the author of The Must Have Labor Doula Marketing Manual, as well as co-producer of the video Labor Support: A Comfort Guide. She co-founded CAPPA in 1997


    Jan Tedder, BSN

    Using Hug Strategies to Empower Mothers, Dads and the Babies They Love!
    Ms. Tedder has worked in a primary care setting for thirty years. Educated at UNCC, UNC-CH, the Brazelton Institute/Touchpoints Center, and Duke University Child Development Center, she has lectured across the USA and internationally.


    Adrienne Leeds


    Prenatal Nutrition - Beyond Brewer
    Adrienne Leeds is a Licensed Midwife and Certified Clinical Herbalist. After numerous women told her she had "midwife energy" she began to study birth in 1999 and to attend births as a doula and midwife assistant in 2001. Embracing a holistic, flexible, client-centered approach, Adrienne feels honored to serve families during the wondrous journey of pregnancy, birth, and parenthood. She and her husband welcomed their son with a beautiful home waterbirth in 2005.

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