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

Kate White, MA, LMT, RCST®, CEIM, SEP Prenatal, Birth, Attachment Therapy, Specialist in Bodywork for Infants, Administrator and Faculty/Mentor

Kate is a massage and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist who specializes in working with mothers and babies.  She was certified in 1995 in massage and began immediately 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 ran health centers, worked with midwives, and taught many of her own courses.  You can see more about her on her websites: Belvedere Integrated Healing Arts and the Center for Prenatal and Perinatal Programs.  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 Mentees

Sandra J. Bardsley, RNCC, LCCE, FACCE, CD Mentor
Sandra J. Bardsley, RNCC, LCCE, FACCE, CD, Faculty/Mentor

Sandra has been a nurse associated with women's health care for over 40 years.  With a background in midwifery and nursing, and as a childbirth educator Sandra became passionate about finding ways to inform parents about parenting from conception, through pregnancy, birth and the early parenting experience.  Since 1985 APPPAH has been her source of inspiration for her work with parents and their unborn baby (or baby's).  This organization focuses on the family unit and supports scientific exploration in the mind-body connection to the unborn child during pre-birth, pregnancy, birth and bonding after birth.  Sandra is the co-author of the book "Creating a Joyful Birth Experience; Developing a partnership with your unborn child for healthy pregnancy, labor, and early parenting" and the author of the workbook, "Creating a Joyful Birth".  Sandra takes couples away for a four day relaxing Babymoon where she teaches them how to connect with their unborn baby and prepare for gentle birth.  Sandra is excited to share this information with other professionals who will then carry it forth to the parents who are searching for answers to strengthen themselves and their unborn baby.  Not Currently Taking Mentees

Picture Karen Melton Dip. Humanistic Psychology (U.K.), Cert. Prenatal & Birth Therapy, Mentor
Karen Melton Dip. Humanistic Psychology (U.K.), Certs. Prenatal & Birth Therapy and Cranial-Sacral Work, Faculty/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, kids and adults healing early imprints, offers 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. Not currently taking mentees.

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.). He 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.

Picture Jeane Rhodes, PhD, Mentor
Jeane Rhodes, PhD, Faculty/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 (PPN), and former adjunct faculty (online) for SBGI and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, serving as chair or reader on for many dissertation candidates. 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, including as a 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 mentees.

Picture Karen Strange, CPM
Karen Strange, CPM, Faculty/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.  Not currently taking mentees.

Susan Highsmith, PhD, Faculty/Mentor
About Susan Hightower:  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. Not currently taking new mentees.


Chanti Smith, LM, CPM, SEP, Faculty/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. Not Currently Taking Mentees (about to have a baby!!)


Rebecca Thompson Hitt, MA, MFT, Parenting Specialist, Faculty/Mentor

Rebecca Thompson Hitt is the founder and executive director of The Consciously Parenting Project, Inc. Rebecca has been working with families since the early 90's 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 and they 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


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 BondingAttachment, trauma, loss & grief work in the early 1970’s, and joined APPPAH shortly after its inception in the early / mid 1980’s.    She has been very active in the organization throughout these years, 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 its Board's Ethic's Committee.    She also created and developed the Continuing Education Services program for APPPAH in 1995, which she coordinated for 10 years, and 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 & perinatal psychology, BondingAttachment issues and dynamics.

Prior to her retirement, Kelduyn worked nationally and internationally for almost five [5] decades in pre & perinatal psychology [early infancy & childhood BondingAttachment, and family development], co-dependency / gender scripting  -  having trained with the “horse’s mouth” in BondingAttachment trauma and loss -  and Loss & grief / death & dying / major life transitions.   @ forty [40] of these years were spent in private practice as a BodyMind therapist [being licensed both as a mental health professional and a massage therapist & bodyworker], consultant and educator, specializing in Bonding from the Beginning, Reproductive & BondingAttachment 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 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, a 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 call “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 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; she has been a trainee in pre- and perinatal awareness with Dr. William Emerson for 17 years. Vicky is a Pre- and Perinatal Educator, 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 5 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.. 



Sally Dear-Healey, Ph.D., PPNE, CBE, CLA, Doula, Reiki Master, Family Mediator, Lifecoach. Prenatal and Perinatal Educator, Faculty, Mentor

Sally has worked in the birth field for over thirty years as a BirthWorks Childbirth Educator and Doula and a birth, baby, and family activist.  She is also a Certified Labor Assistant and attends homebirths as an apprentice midwife.  Sally received her doctorate in Sociology and a Graduate Certificate in Feminist Theory from Binghamton University.  After teaching for over 20 years at the university level, including ten years in Human Development and three years in Child and Family Studies, Sally is a faculty member with the Chicago-based HealthConnect One Birth Equity Leadership Academy.  She also serves on the Education Committee and the Global Education Committee for APPPAH, the BirthWorks Board of Directors, and is a Trainer for BirthWorks Childbirth Education, Doula, and ACED (Advanced Childbirth Education Doula) workshops.  Having recently completed her PPNE certification, Sally has opened The Family Womb (http://www.thefamilywomb.com) so that she is able to integrate her education, training, and experience to work with women, babies, and families preconception and beyond in person and via Skype.  Sally is the mother of three birth daughters, a step son, and grandmother to nine