Melanie Kitchens

* Labor Doula

* Childbirth Educator

* CAPPA Childbirth Educator Trainer

* AHA Certified Instructor

The joy I found in motherhood made becoming a Childbirth Educator and Labor Doula a natural transition.  In 2009, I received my Childbirth Education and Labor Doula certification from CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association, http://www.cappa.net).  I am now pleased to be part of CAPPA’s Childbirth Education Faculty. This position allows me to help others find their passion in teaching childbirth education in their communities.  

I bring not only the personal experience of birthing and raising five children, but also applicable knowledge in the areas of pregnancy, labor, delivery, maternal postpartum and infant care to my birth work. . The past 30 years has given me diverse  teaching experience as a home school mom, substitute public school teacher, Jr. College instructor, and private music instructor.   I currently teach Childbirth Education classes at the local hospital and privately.  I am also certified as an American Heart Association Heartsaver Pediatric & Infant CPR First Aid instructor.  

 

It has been my experience with most things in life, that the more information we have on a topic the greater our understanding and confidence.  By teaching childbirth education classes I have the opportunity to influence many women and their birth partners on the nature of pregnancy, labor, delivery, postpartum, and those cute little oddities we call infants.  I regularly continue my education by attending workshops and conferences on birth related topics.

 

Being a Labor Doula has given me wonderful experiences in nurturing women and encouraging their partner during a major transition in their lives.  “Mothering the mother” allows me to pamper and support expecting women in all aspects of their birth season. I have attended births in medical facilities, in homes, and at midwife clinics; each has been a rewarding experience. I have seen women become empowered as they feel confident and secure in their births

 

Melanie Kitchens, CCCE, CLD

CAPPA FACULTY

Childbirth Educator

Labor Doula