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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.

  • 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
  • 1999-2003Director 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
  • 2003-2006Founder and Director of Birth and Bodywork – a multi-disciplinary facility offering preparation and support to parents
  • 2006 – nowOwner and Director of Baby Bump Services – offering uniquely effective and meaningful services to expectant parents and birth professionals
  • 2006-nowConsultant and content writer for birth professionals
  • 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
  • 2011REACHE Conference
  • 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
  • 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 SpeakerDONA International 20th Anniversary Conference, Cancun Mexico
  • 2012 DONA International Conference, Cancun Mexico
  • 2012 Birthing From Within Mentor Training, Virginia Bobro
  • 2013 DONA International Postpartum Doula Training, Angie Dobbins-Frisbie
  • 2013 SpeakerDONA International Virtual Conference, Birth Photography
  • 2013 SpeakerIdaho Midwifery Conference, Loss & Trauma
  • 2013 SpeakerIdaho SW Doula Conference
  • 2014 Lamaze/DONA Confluent Conference
  • 2015 DONA International Virtual Conference
  • 2016 Speaker DONA Trainer Retreat
  • 2016 DONA International Conference, Bellevue WA, Speaker Chair
  • 2016 Peanut Ball Training, DONA Conference
  • 2016 Spinning Babies Training, Lorenza Holt
  • 2016 Idaho Midwifery Council Conference
  • 2016 Idaho Chapter ACNM Conference
  • 2017 DONA International Virtual Conference
  • 2017 Postpartum Support International Conference
  • 2017Recipient Advanced Doula Designation – honoring doulas who have made major contributions to DONA International, to the doula profession, and in the maternal-child field

Massage & Movement

  • 1987 Florida State University-MFA
  • 1989 Rose Myotherapy Center, Dallas TX-300 Hours
  • 1993 Trager Training
  • 1994 Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
  • 1996 Brian Utting School of Massage, Seattle WA-950 Hours
  • 1998 Certified in Pre & Perinatal Massage, Carole Osborne-Sheets
  • 2004 Certificate-Herbal & Aromatic Studies Program -Aromatherapy 101
  • 2013 Cranial Sacral Training – Upledger

Published Photography:
Birth Ambassadors: Doulas and the Re-emergence of Woman- Supported Birth in America. Morton and Clift
The Essential Homebirth Guide, Drichta and Owen.

Communication:

  • 2017 Non-Violent Communication Virtual Conference
  • 2014 Respectful Communication with Joe Weston
  • 2010 – 2013 Non-Violent Communication: Managing Conflict and Workplace Harmony

Volunteering

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