Some Stuff to Share
OK, so there had to be some sort of “About Kyndal” page somewhere. I guess this is it. This is the backstory. Some people like to know this stuff. If I was going to sum it up I would say: I am storyteller and a facilitator, a confidence and commUnity builder for expectant parents, doulas and childbirth educators.
I became a Licensed Massage Therapist in 1989 after several years of studying therapeutic and experiential movement. My interest in childbirth began in 1994 when five of my massage clients became pregnant in the same year. This was a very exciting time for me as it led to my desire to become a Certified Doula which I did in 1995 and I became certified in prenatal massage in 1997.
In 1998, my experience as a doula led me to create a childbirth class for couples that focused primarily on movement exploration and relaxation. After the births of my two sons-one hospital and one home birth-I gained a deeper understanding of the delicate balance of birth and it was then that I created Confident Birthing. Since that time, I have taught well over 1000 hours of childbirth education, and over 1400 families have taken the Confident Birthing Childbirth Class as my curriculum has been purchased to be taught by other instructors.
I am blessed to be able to work in a field that I love and I enjoy each of my “jobs” immensely, but it is teaching that brings the greatest joy. My passion for teaching about birth led me to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and DONA International Approved Birth Doula Trainer.
Having previously studied movement greatly influences my work as a doula and a childbirth educator. I use movement to facilitate awareness, and it is my background in all these areas that contributes to the work I am 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.
I am 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. This all keeps me busy and I am blessed to be supported by a network of wonderful doula colleagues.
I have attended over 200 births. 2/3 of those births were out-of-hospital births with over 40 different midwives and 1/3 were hospital births with as many different obstetricians in 12 different hospitals.
- 1995DONA Approved Labor Support Course/Seattle Midwifery School – Taught by Penny Simkin, Melissa Chasan, Sandy Szalay, Dana Blue, Annie Kennedy and Sally Avenson
- 1999Childbirth Education Association of Seattle-Teacher Training – Taught by Penny Simkin, Ann Keppler, Janet Whalley
- 1999-2003 Director of Outreach & Education, Puget Sound Midwives & Birth Center-I initiated, created and managed all consumer outreach campaigns, marketing materials including writing and edited website content, and created all educational materials
- 2003-2006 Founder and Director of Birth and Bodywork – a multi-disciplinary facility offering preparation and support to parents
- 2006-Current Consulting and content writing
- 2000REACHE Conference, Pam England, Birthing from Within
- 2002REACHE Conference, Optimal Fetal Positioning, Jean Sutton
- 2004REACHE Conference, Henci Goer, Michael Klein, MD- The Illusion of Choice in Childbirth
- 2005REACHE Conference: Suzanne Arms, Author: Immaculate Deception; and Robbie Davis-Floyd, author: Birth as an American Rite of Passage
- 2011 REACHE Conference: Pam England, Sheri Deveney and Michele Deck
- 2008Lamaze Childbirth Educator Certification Training Passion for Birth with Teri Schilling
- 2008DONA Approved Birth Doula Workshop – Catherine Archambeault
- 2009DONA TENS Training for Birth Doulas, Debbie Young, CD
- 2009DONA Doula Trainer Training- Penny Simkin, Pat Predmore
- 2009 DONA International Conference, Atlanta, GA:
- Birth Kangaroo Care and Beyond: The Science of Hormones, Pain Control, Hypoglycemia, Thermoregulation and Breastfeeding – Susan Ludington-Hoe, RN, CNM, PhD
- The Attachment Needs of the Laboring Woman – Amy Gilliland, MS, CD(DONA)
- Birth Trauma: Lessons from Solace for Mothers – Sharon Storton, MA
- Eco-Friendly Birth – Penny Simkin, PT, CD(DONA)
- Welcome to My Home-working with Labor and Delivery Nurses- Marilyn Hildreth, RN, CD, ICCE
- How Obstetricians Think – Marjorie Greenfield, OB-Gyn
- The Miraculous Newborn Transition – Karen Strange, CNM, NRP Instructo
- Doulaing the Pregnant and Laboring Father – Amy Gilliland, MS, CD(DONA)
- 2011 DONA Postpartum Doula Training – Ann Grauer, Director of Education, DONA International
- 2011 Breastfeeding Course – Nancie Breninger, RN, IBCLC
- 2012 Best Practices in Lactation Care, the Five Day Course, Molly Pessl, BSN, IBCLC
- 2012 Speaker DONA International 20th Anniversary Conference, Cancun Mexico
- 2012 DONA International Conference, Cancun Mexico
- The Paperless Doula, Sharon Muza;
- 2012 Birthing From Within Mentor Training, Virginia Bobro
- 2013 Speaker DONA International Virtual Conference, Birth Photography
- 2013 Speaker Idaho Midwifery Conference, Loss & Trauma
- 2014 Lamaze/DONA Confluent Conference
- 1989Rose Myotherapy Center, Dallas TX-300 Hours
- 1992Primary Movement Patterns Workshop, Baton Rouge, LA
- 1993Trager Training (through Advanced level trainings)
- 1994Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
- 1996Brian Utting School of Massage, Seattle WA-950 Hours
- 1998Certified in Pre & Perinatal Massage, Carole Osborne-Sheets
- 2004Certificate-Herbal & Aromatic Studies Program -Aromatherapy 101
- 1987Florida State University-MFA in Theatre/Movement for Actors
Western Pacific US Regional Director, 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 2015
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