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Picture Kate White, MA, CMT, RCST©, Prenatal, Birth, Attachment Therapy, Administrator and MentorFaculty/Mentors

Kate White, MA, BCBMT, RCST®, CEIM, SEP Prenatal, Birth, Attachment Therapy, Specialist in Bodywork for Infants, Administrator, Faculty and Mentor, Co-Director of the Education Department

Kate is a massage and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist who specializes in working with mothers and babies.  She was certified in 1995 in massage and immediately began working with pregnant mothers and babies.  Right after her certification in craniosacral therapy in 1999, clients' memories of their births sent her on a mission to understand pre- and perinatal experiences.  She has studied with many of the early pioneers, including Ray Castellino, William Emerson, Karlton Terry, Myrna Martin, and John Chitty. She has taken courses in infant mental health and studied with osteopaths, including Franklyn Sills.  Previous to her work as a therapist and agent of cultural change for birth, she worked in international health helping increase infant and maternal outcomes in Africa. She has run health centers, worked with midwives, and taught many of her own courses.  You can see more about Kate on her websites: Belvedere Integrated Healing Arts and the Center for Prenatal and Perinatal Programs.  Director of Education for the PPNE program from 2013 - 2018, Kate currently monitors the Education Department and Administers the Conscious Baby Program for Parents as well runs her own trainings in Prenatal and Perinatal Dynamics and Baby Dynamics, or how to work with babies. She says, "I am passionate about supporting mothers and the mother-baby bond.  I am also committed to nervous system regulation for the whole family."  She lives in Charlottesville, VA with her husband, two children, dog and three cats. Not currently taking new mentees.

Sally Dear-Healey, Ph.D., PPNE, CBE, CLA, Doula, Reiki Master, Family Mediator, Lifecoach, Prenatal and Perinatal Educator, Administrator, Faculty, Mentor, Co-Director of the Education Department

Sally has worked in the birth field for over thirty years as a Birth Works Childbirth Educator and Doula and a birth, baby, and family activist.  She is also a Certified Labor Assistant and has attended home births as an apprentice midwife.  Sally received her Doctorate in Sociology and a Graduate Certificate in Feminist Theory from Binghamton University.  Her dissertation was a tri-generational study of beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors in pregnancy, birth, early mothering, and family healthcare.  She has taught for over 20 years at the university level, including ten years in Human Development and three years in Child and Family Studies.  Her research areas are pregnancy, birth, family health, and family violence. Sally is a faculty member with the Chicago-based HealthConnect One's Birth Equity Leadership Academy (BELA).  She also serves on the Education Committee and the Global Education Committee for APPPAH, the BirthWorks Board of Directors, and is a Trainer for Birth Works Childbirth Education, Doula, and ACED (Advanced Childbirth Education Doula) workshops.  Having recently completed her PPNE certification, Sally opened The Family Womb (http://www.thefamilywomb.com) so that she is able to integrate her education, training, and experience to serve women, babies, and families preconception and beyond in person and via Skype/Zoom.  Sally is the mother of three birth daughters, a step son, and grandmother to nine.

Rebecca Thompson Hitt, MA, MFT, Parenting Specialist, Faculty, Mentor, Administrator, Monday LIVE!, Communications and Co-Director of the Education Department

Rebecca Thompson Hitt is the founder and executive director of The Consciously Parenting Project, Inc. Rebecca has been working with families since the early 90s when she became a classroom teacher, but has always felt called to working with relationships. She realized fairly quickly that the institution of education wasn't a good fit for her and left to pursue a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. During that time, she became a certified hypnotherapist through the Wellness Institute and saw over and over how much of early life showed up in those sessions with her clients. When she became pregnant with her first baby, she found a midwife who educated her about the needs of babies and forever changed her and her work. Rebecca completed her masters in marriage and family therapy and promptly began volunteering for Attachment Parenting International and La Leche League. She is the former editor of API’s leader publication, Connections. She has written three books: Consciously Parenting: What it Really Takes to Raise Emotionally Healthy Families; Creating Connection: Essential Tools for Growing Families through Conception, Birth, and Beyond; and Nurturing Connection: What Parents Need to Know about Emotional Expression and Bonding. Rebecca is the mother of two boys, ages 12 and 17 who have taught her more about parenting and life than any degree ever could, including not getting wrapped up in trying to parent perfectly. Rebecca works with families in person in the Tampa Bay area and around the globe via phone and Skype to help create, nurture, and repair their family relationships. Her websites are http://www.consciouslyparenting.com and http://www.consciouslyparentingacademy.com.

Picture Karen Melton Dip. Humanistic Psychology (U.K.), Cert. Prenatal & Birth Therapy, MentorKaren Melton Dip. Humanistic Psychology (U.K.), Certs. Prenatal & Birth Therapy and Cranial-Sacral Work, Mentor

Karen trained in Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology with Dr William Emerson and Ray Castellino, after a background, and practice, in humanistic psychology for 15 years. Her 'real' training began 58 years ago in the womb. Karen became aware of her own prenatal trauma during a spontaneous flashback to the womb at the age of 23. Embracing and healing her own inner Little One has contributed to a deep sense of well-being and integration, and completely eradicated the terror that was once running her life. She has a deep, personal understanding of how early imprinting can profoundly affect one’s life. Karen has offices in San Rafael and Santa Rosa, CA and works with people all over the world by Skype and telephone. Her work is somatic, experiential and hands-on, incorporating cranial work and other modalities. Karen works with babies, children and adults healing early imprints, offering Somatic-Emotional Work, Re-Patterning Attachment for Couples, and Parenting & Attachment support. She is grateful every day to be doing the work that she loves and feels passionate about.  See her web site at www.HealYourEarlyImprints.com for an expanded bio, to read articles on her blog, and to listen to her being interviewed on the radio. 

Dennis Hertenstein, DC, Mentor
Dennis Hertenstein, DC, Faculty, Mentor

Dennis Hertenstein has led highly popular and comprehensive CE and CPD (U.K.) board accredited Cranial-Sacral Trainings since 1989. He has been sponsored by Palmer College of Chiropractic West and Palmer College in Davenport, Iowa, and I.F.E.C., Paris. His courses have also been certified by the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners for C.E. credit. Trained extensively and eclectically in cranial work he has studied with the world-renowned Frymann Osteopathic Tutorials of the Osteopathic Cranial Academy; Franklyn Sills of the Karuna Institute, England; the Upledger Institute, where he schooled at all levels including the intensive "Advanced Courses"; and the Milne Institute (Hugh Milne, D.O.). Dennis has successfully integrated cranial work into the practice of Chiropractic. He maintains a full-time practice in Santa Rosa, California combining traditional Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy, soft tissue work and traditional cranial work. Dr Hertenstein specializes in working with newborns suffering from birth trauma who are referred by a network of Midwives, Doulas and Lactation Consultants, as well as children and adults suffering from jaw dysfunction (TMJ) referred to him by Dentists. You can see more at www.dennishertenstein.com.  He is currently President of the APPPAH Board.


Jeane Rhodes, PhD, Mentor

Jeane Rhodes is a licensed professional counselor in the State of Colorado, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, and Picture Jeane Rhodes, PhD, Mentorformer adjunct faculty (online) for SBGI and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, serving as chair or reader on many dissertation committees. She is currently working on a book with her husband about their recent adventures in Italy. Jeane worked in the foster care system for ten years in various capacities; as therapist for children in foster care and as executive director of a foster placement agency. She has published a novel, The Birth of Hope, based on her experiences in the foster care system. The novel also incorporates pre- and perinatal psychology principals in this story of teen pregnancy in foster care. She has been active as a member of APPPAH and presenter at APPPAH Congresses since the late 80s and served on the Board of Directors for APPPAH for six years. She resides in Lakewood, Colorado, USA, with her husband, Larry.  Not currently taking new mentees.


Picture Karen Strange, CPM
Karen Strange, CPM, Mentor

Karen H. Strange became a Licensed Midwife in 1988 and was the Clinical Director at Maternidad La Luz, a high-volume birth center and midwifery school on the US/Mexico border.  Later she practiced as a Certified Professional Midwife in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.  She served on the Texas Department of Health Midwifery Board and as chairperson of the Complaint Review Process Committee for six and half years.  She has been an instructor for the American Academy of Pediatrics/Neonatal Resuscitation Program (AAP/NRP) since 1991, tailoring her style of teaching for those who work in the out-of-hospital setting. She has taught over 8,000 people worldwide.  She is founder of the "Integrative Resuscitation of the Newborn" workshop, a course that teaches the physiology of newborn transition, and the skill of neonatal resuscitation in a non-traumatizing way.  When Karen discovered how her own birth trauma impacted the births she went to as a midwife, her journey of healing began.  The more she learned about the psychological/emotional impact of the prenatal, birth and postpartum periods, the more she wanted to share this information with the people she trained in her workshops.  She found that including the awareness of the conscious and aware baby at birth transformed the usually traumatic experience of resuscitation into a kinder, gentler and more effective skill. Karen lectures both in the US and internationally on pre- and perinatal psychology and the baby’s experience of birth, changing the paradigm of our understanding of what happens at birth.  She shares her “Simple Tools” to help babies integrate their experience prenatally, in labor, at birth, during the postpartum and even later in life.  Her website is www.karenstrange.com

Susan Highsmith, PhD, Mentor
Susan Highsmith, Ph.D. is an educator and counselor residing in Tucson, Arizona. She received her doctorate in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology from Santa Barbara Graduate Institute (SBGI). She instructs masters and doctoral candidates; lectures at universities, community colleges, and charter schools; and speaks at international congresses addressing consciousness in the womb and the long-lasting effects of our earliest experiences. Susan is a National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC). She holds a Doctorate of Divinity from the American Institute of Holistic Theology, and seeks to balance psychological theory and practice with spiritual and holistic wisdom. 

Chanti Smith, LM, CPM, SEP. mentor

Chanti has been trained in many modalities, including Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Body-Mind Centering®, Somatic Experience®, Authentic Movement, Midwifery, Herbalism, Zero Balancing, Chi Nei Tsang, Mayan Uterine Massage, Acupressure and Jin Shin Jyutsu. She is a licensed and certified professional midwife, pre- and perinatal birth therapist, somatic experiencing® practitioner, hypnobirthing® childbirth education instructor, prenatal yoga and embodied anatomy yoga teacher, massage therapist specializing in biodynamic craniosacral therapy, acupressure and body mind centering®, infant massage instructor, lactation specialist, and Western trained herbalist. She offers a diverse range of services to support students, including healing sessions in multiple modalities, holistic health services, childbirth education, and retreats and workshops for birth professionals and individuals interested in somatic therapy and holistic health. She currently offers in person sessions in Brooklyn, NY and the Bay Area, CA, and she works with people all over the world through Skype. Her website is http://www.embodiedbeginnings.com.  Chanti is currently on maternity leave and not taking new mentees.


Kelduyn [pronounced  KEL due win] is one of the  'GrandMothers' in Pre & Perinatal Psychology and of APPPAH . . .having begun her clinical, educational work and writing concerning bonding, attachment, trauma, loss & grief work in the early 70s, and joined APPPAH shortly after its inception in the early/mid 80s.  She has been very active in the organization, presenting on her work and findings at most of the Congresses, as well as serving on the Editorial Board of the Journal [Journal of Pre & Perinatal Psychology] since 1989, as well as APPPAH's Ethics Committee.  She also created and developed the Continuing Education Services program for APPPAH in 1995, which she coordinated for 10 years, and then returned in 2014 to coordinate and further develop the program.  Kelduyn is also one of the co-founders of the international professional organization, ATTACh [the Association for Treatment & Training in Attachment] in 1989, served on the founding Board of Directors, and presented at the organization’s annual conferences on pre- and perinatal psychology and bonding and attachment issues and dynamics.

Prior to her retirement, Kelduyn worked nationally and internationally for almost five decades in pre & perinatal psychology (early infancy & childhood bonding and attachment, and family development), co-dependency / gender scripting  -  having trained with the “horse’s mouth” in bonding and attachment trauma and loss - and loss & grief/death & dying/major life transitions.  Forty of these years were spent in private practice as a BodyMind therapist (she is licensed both as a mental health professional and a massage therapist & bodyworker), consultant and educator, specializing in Bonding from the Beginning, reproductive & bonding and attachment dynamics, trauma, and loss & grief issues. During her career Kelduyn also taught neonatal & pediatric medical staff and mental/behavioral health professionals nationally and internationally, as well as in colleges and universities as guest faculty, and has presented at congresses/ conferences/medical symposiums on these matters.  She has published articles on newborn development in professional journals and newsletters, beginning in the 1970’s, and is one of the initial co-authors of the top selling neonatal medical textbook:  Handbook of Neonatal Intensive Care

Barbara C Decker, HBCE, PPNE, CLD Certified Prenatal Bonding Facilitator (BA and GPE) , Faculty, Mentor

Barbara C. Decker has been a childbirth educator for over 45 years and is a HypnoBirthing® Practitioner, doula, and doula trainer (CAPPA). She is a Certified Prenatal Bonding (BA) Facilitator, one of 12 facilitators in the United States trained by Psychoanalyst, Dr. Gerhard Schroth of Germany. Barbara is also a Certified Prenatal Bonding Facilitator through TheGreatestPregnancyEver.com program and assisted with the online training program that addresses challenges with domestic violence, foster care, and adoption on our birthing families. As the designer of a preconception/early pregnancy class called “EmpoweringPregnancy”, she prepares parents before conception or in early pregnancy how to connect with the baby coming to or in the womb. Understanding that most parents have no idea of the importance of the gestational period motivated her as a childbirth educator to start education much earlier than most classes. We know that “the womb is the baby’s first classroom and all must attend”, says David Chamberlain. She has been lecturing across the United States and Internationally at conferences, is a faculty member of CAPPA, Advisor for Prenatal Pregnancy Attachment, Treasurer of NGHWA, and a Registered Hypnotherapist in the state of Washington. As a member of APPPAH she is on the Board and serves as Membership Chair.

Vicky Jeter, PPNE, LSP, Emeritus Faculty, Mentor

Vicky has been a Licensed Spiritual Practitioner through Centers for Spiritual Living for 30 years. Using unique combinations of conviction in faith, applied universal creative principles, awareness of pre- and perinatal considerations, compassion and self-empowerment tools for stability and health in each client, Vicky has assisted hundreds of people to embrace expanded consciousness and healing and realize their dreams. Vicky is an experienced teacher, facilitator and motivational speaker in the Science of Mind teaching and she has been a trainee in pre- and perinatal awareness with Dr. William Emerson for 17 years. Vicky is a Pre- and Perinatal Educator (PPNE), with a certificate through the Association for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health. In addition, Vicky is a published author of her autobiographical account of her own healing in her first book, Call Me Victoria: Life Poems and Stories from Trial to Triumph, published in 2012. She has also published a number of stories, articles and reviews for periodicals and magazines on a variety of topics and themes.


Nina Ketscher, MA, PPNE, CEIM, Integrative Somatic & PPN Therapist, Prenatal & Perinatal Educator, Master Sai Shakti Teacher & Energy Healer, Faculty, Mentor

Nina Ketscher, MA, PPNE, CEIM is a loving and conscious mother, educator, counselor, healer, writer, editor, singer and artist. Nina holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, specialty in Somatic Psychology, from Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. An integrative therapist and energy healer specializing in somatic prenatal and perinatal psychology and health, Nina is a certified prenatal and perinatal educator (PPNE), an infant massage educator (CEIM), and a Sai Shakti Teacher & Healer. For five years she studied and taught ancient knowledge systems, Kaleshwar Bhajans, and Sai Shakti Healing techniques at Sri Kaleshwar’s (1973-2012) Soul University in Penukonda, Southern India. Nina offers ongoing teachings and healings from the Sai Shakti spiritual philosophy; online webinars Holy Womb, Divine Child™; in-person healing sessions and retreats; as well as long-distance healing and consulting sessions. Her passion is sharing healing wisdoms practiced thousands of years ago for transforming the whole person transgenerationally, on the soul level, and for creating healthy relationships, from before conception throughout the lifespan. She shares conscious meditation practices that support fertility, conception, a healthy and sacred pregnancy and birth, and for parenting throughout all stages of development. Nina is a mentor for APPPAH’s PPNE program and lovingly guides students, parents, educators, healers and birth professionals respectively.


Elsa Asher, MS, CD (DONA), Faculty, Mentor

Elsa Asher is a somatic practitioner and bodyworker; healing and reproductive justice workshop facilitator; and professor of Narrative Medicine. She was born on Duwamish land in Seattle, Washington and lives on Ohlone land in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.  Elsa holds a Masters of Science degree in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University, and completed the Pre- and Perinatal Psychology 700-Hour practitioner training program. She is a Certified DONA Doula, an ordained ritual leader in the Hebrew tradition, and is currently in the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy 700-Hour practitioner training program at Colorado School of Energy Studies and Body into Being Advanced Bodywork training. She teaches Narrative Medicine at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine and in the MFA in Creative Writing programs at Dominican University and Columbia University. For more information about integrated bodywork, somatic therapy and trauma resolution, visit the Prenatal Birth & Attachment Clinic. For more information about ritual officiation, visit Kehunah.  Not currently taking new mentees.

 Holly Lammer, BSN, RNC, RYT-500, RPYT, PPNE, Faculty, Mentor

Holly is an OB nurse, yoga teacher and childbirth instructor.  Her emphasis as a bedside Labor RN at a high volume hospital for over 18 years has been to help create policy and practice change to support physiologic birth in the hospital setting, even in light of complications.  A driving force for family centered, evidence-based practice, her passion is apparent in her program content and teaching style.  She has blended her years of experience in this setting with her training and research in mind-body therapies to form unique educational programs for pregnant women and the birth professionals that care for them. Holly believes strongly that peace on earth begins before birth and that with mindful awareness of the importance of conscious conception, gestation and birth we have the power to change the trajectory of violence and disease that is prevalent across the world.  Women and care providers can work together to create positive, powerful birth experiences that build a strong foundation of mental, physical and emotional health for babies. Holly has created and teaches the only mindfulness-based birth education program in her community, Intuitive Birth, and holds regular trainings for nurses, doulas, midwives and other birth professionals.  She also co-owns the only registered prenatal yoga school in Idaho and does regular teacher trainings as well as teaching her own version of prenatal yoga called Embryoga.  When she’s not teaching or working as a nurse, she still finds time to pursue her passion for backpacking and exploring with her husband and family.  Not currently taking new mentees.