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Welcome to the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), the worlds largest childbirth education organization   CAPPA certified professionals aim to facilitate empowerment, connection, and self-advocacy in families from pre-conception through early parenthood. CAPPA works to foster and encourage culturally relevant education, support, and training in countries around the world. CAPPA seeks to forge positive and productive relationships with organizations that support healthy, informed family decisions. CAPPA strives to build a bridge of understanding, respect, and communication with all healthcare professions. The organization consists of an international leadership board, administrative team, regional representatives, faculty, advisors, and its membership. CAPPA is the most comprehensive pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and breastfeeding organization available.

Evidence-based care is based on the highest quality, most current medical evidence, tailored to the individual. We believe that women can make safer, more informed decisions about their care and that of their babies when they are given full and accurate information about their care options, including the potential harms, benefits, and alternatives.

Humanity in childbirth means respect of the birthing woman, of her autonomy, and of her fundamental right to make decisions about her body and her baby. We believe that childbearing women, like all human beings, should be treated with dignity, respect, and compassion.  See more at

Center 4 The Childbearing Year

Center for the Childbearing Year [] is Michigan’s premier DONA International doula  training center. Also offering comprehensive, multi-media Online Childbirth Preparation programs and classes  for expectant parents at our cozy center in Ann Arbor.

DONA International

DONA International proudly recognizes and supports the work of partner organizations: the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS), Lamaze and Childbirth Connection (Formerly Maternity Center Association-MCA).

Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS)

CIMS is a coalition of individuals and organizations with concern for the care and well being of mothers, babies, and families. Its mission is to promote a wellness model of maternity care that will improve birth outcomes and substantially reduce costs.

The following are direct links to useful CIMS information:

The Mother Friendly Childbirth Initiative

Breastfeeding Is Priceless

The Risks of Cesarean Delivery to Mother and Baby

Problems and Hazards of Induction of Labor

 Are Your Birth Classes Mother Friendly?

 Is Your Doula Practice Mother Friendly?

Lamaze International

The mission of Lamaze International is to promote, support and protect normal birth through education and advocacy. Lamaze International envisions for the future a world of confident women choosing normal birth.

Lamaze International believes that women who are fully informed, confident and supported will want normal birth. Lamaze International believes that caregivers should respect the birth process and not intervene without compelling medical indication.

Childbirth Connection (Formerly Maternity Center Association)

Childbirth Connection, formerly Maternity Center Association, is a national not-for-profit organization that has been a leader in maternity care quality improvement since 1918. Their mission is to promote safe, effective and satisfying maternity care for all women and their families through research, education and advocacy.

American Pregnancy

The American Pregnancy Association is a national health organization committed to promoting reproductive and pregnancy wellness through education, research, advocacy, and community awareness.


16,438 women become pregnant

11,018 women give birth

4,780 women endure a pregnancy loss

8,219 women experience an unplanned pregnancy

1,172 women become pregnant while uninsured

5,479 couples begin to struggle with infertility issues


By utilizing a toll-free helpline, the Internet, and patient education materials, the Association is able to deliver instant answers and provide access to resources when women need those most.


The Association believes that research is the foundation to significant reproductive discoveries.


The Association seeks to support women and families by lobbying the legislature, businesses, and insurance providers to promote pregnancy and family health issues.

Community Awareness

The Association seeks to increase awareness of the reproductive and pregnancy needs in our society along with the resources necessary to address these needs.

The Association is only able to accomplish our mission with the commitment of people like you. Your tax-deductible contribution provides valuable education and more importantly support to women when they need it most. A pregnancy complication or pregnancy related loss is devastating, but with your assistance, her help is here.



Yes! These are babies whose parents choose to easily and naturally prepare for childbirth using the Hypnobabies method of Hypnotic Childbirth, which some might call “hypno-birthing”. Hypnobabies however, is very different in that at Hypnobabies we teach real medical hypnosis techniques, creating an automatically peaceful, relaxing and more comfortable pregnancy, a calm confident Birth Partner, and an easier, more comfortable and sometimes pain-free birthing for our Hypno-Mom.

Hypnobabies is a very successful 6 week, 3-hours per week, complete childbirth education course that was adapted with permission from Gerald Kein’s “Painless Childbirth Program” techniques rather than using simple relaxation, breathing or guided imagery. This allows our Hypno-Moms to enjoy “eyes-open childbirth hypnosis”, easily remaining deeply in hypnosis while walking, talking and changing positions; being as mobile as they would like to be during childbirth. Hypnobabies is well known for helping women to create much shorter, easier and more comfortable labors, making childbirth the joyful experience it was meant to be.

Expectant mothers use our Hypnobabies Workbook, CDs and hypnosis scripts to train their inner mind that contractions in labor will be felt only as pressure, tightening, pushing, pulling and normal baby movement sensations. Women are fully in tune with their babies during the birthing process, and as aware of everything around them as they’d like to be, easily able to communicate with their support team, and completely in charge of their own birth experience.

Hypnobabies uses the same medical hypnosis techniques that people employ when preparing for surgery without any drugs, which is called hypno-anesthesia. Our classes also teach Hypnobabies Birth Partners how to fully support the Hypno-Moms, and Hypnobabies is also used very successfully by single mothers. A willing Birth Partner is a bonus!

Including a very comprehensive childbirth education curriculum also ensures that our Hypno-moms remain deeply committed to their Hypnobabies training, since they need not go anywhere else for childbirth education. Other natural childbirth classes are wonderful, but many teach “pain-coping”, and “pain-management”, which are directly in opposition to our Hypnobabies suggestions that encourage an easier, more comfortable, joyful childbirth. For more information, please see our Classes Frequently Asked Questions Page or our Self-Study Frequently Asked Questions Page

International Lactation Consultant Association

What To Expect: Pregnancy and parenting, every step of the way

Advice for New Dads

10 Tips for New Dads

Books for Nursing Mothers: Breastfeeding Resources You Can Trust

Breastfeeding has major benefits for both you and your baby— it provides the best nutrition (according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization), it saves money (on sick-baby doctor visits and formula and bottles), and it creates a unique bond between you and your child. Breastfeeding is not always easy, but with proper guidance and encouragement, you can overcome almost any challenge you may encounter and continue to breastfeed for as long as you choose. These books, written by experts with decades of combined experience, provide a wealth of information to support you through every stage of the nursing process.

 Fit for Expecting

Fit for Expecting was founded by Jennifer Johnson, an enthusiast of all things related to health, fitness, nutrition, pregnancy and childbirth. Jennifer is certified through AFPA as a Pre/Post Natal Exercise Specialist, through Healthy Moms as a Perinatal Health and Wellness Specialist and through Dr. Sears Wellness Institute as a L.E.A.N. Health Coach. Jennifer’s team includes a unique mix of prenatal and postpartum specialists, including yoga instructors, nutritionists, chiropractors and childbirth educators, to name a few.


Based in Atlanta, Georgia, BabyVision provides state-of-the-art 3D ultrasound pictures and 4D video ultrasounds of your baby before birth. This is an incredible experience for all expecting parents to see the ultrasounds and bond with the miracle you are creating within.

BabyVision 4D Ultrasound uses the exact same ultrasonic waves your doctor uses for your 2D fetal diagnostic ultrasound. Now these same waves are enhanced with the cutting edge technology of our computer imaging scanner to bring you stunning pictures of what your baby looks like and is doing at the moment in time you have your BabyVision 3D/4D Ultrasound Scan.

Our team at provides the latest up-to-date information and free resources for expecting parents. There have been over 35,000 cord blood transplants thanks to donors worldwide. With more awareness we can increase this number and further save the lives of children battling cancer and other life threatening illnesses.