Kyndal May became a Licensed Massage Therapist in 1989 after several years of studying therapeutic and experiential movement. Her interest in childbirth began in 1994 when five of her massage clients became pregnant in the same year. This led to her desire to become a Certified Doula which she did in 1995 and she became certified in prenatal massage in 1997.
In 1998, her experience as a doula led her to create a childbirth class for couples that focused primarily on movement exploration and relaxation. After the births of her two sons-one hospital and one home birth-she gained a deeper understanding of the delicate balance of birth and it was then that she created Confident Birthing. Since that time, Kyndal has taught well over 4000 hours of childbirth education, and it estimated that over 4000 families have taken the Confident Birthing Childbirth Class as her curriculum has been purchased to be taught by other instructors.
Kyndal feels blessed to be able to work in a field that she loves and finds that teaching brings the greatest joy. Her passion for teaching about birth led her to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and DONA International Approved Birth Doula Trainer. Having previously studied movement greatly influences her work as a doula and a childbirth educator. She uses movement to facilitate awareness, and it is her background in all these areas that contributes to the work she is most excited about now-creating powerful classes for couples becoming new parents and training other women in this life-enriching work through birth doula workshops. She is absolutely thrilled to be working not only in Idaho, but throughout the nation in collaboration with colleagues all over the country to improve maternity services and keep birth normal.
Qualifications/Experience: Kyndal has attended over 300 births and 2/3 of those births were out-of-hospital births with almost 60 different midwives and 1/3 were hospital births with as many different obstetricians in 12 different hospitals. She is a very experienced teacher/facilitator with nearly 3000 hours of teaching experience.
Director of Education, DONA International (current); Formerly Western Pacific Regional Director for DONA International; Appointed by Governor Otter to serve as a Charter Member on the Idaho Board of Midwifery and reappointed to serve on the Board as the Consumer Member through 2016; CIMS: The Coalition to Improve Maternity Services Nurse Recognition Program; DONA International: Idaho State Representative; Idahoans for Midwives: Former Vice- President – worked for licensure for Midwives, Advocacy, Consumer Outreach; Idaho Midwifery Council: Activism for Licensure of Idaho Midwives, Midwifery Conference; The Big Push for Midwives/Idaho Team: Licensure for Certified Professional Midwives; The Midwives Association of Washington State: Midwifery Conference and Consumer Outreach; The South King County Breastfeeding Coalition: Breast Friends Resource Guide