CARE's Founders, Dr. David and Lee Stewart
David and Lee Stewart were married September 1, 1962, and have five children, eleven grand children, and one great grandchild. They were co-founders of the InterNational Association of Parents & Professionals for Safe Alternatives in Childbirth (NAPSAC International) in November 1975. Through NAPSAC, they published a number of books on childbirth and related topics, several of which are still in print (See www.carepublicatons.net).
At its peak, NAPSAC had more than 8,000 members for which the Stewart's wrote and published a newsletter, The NAPSAC News, with issues continuing over a twenty-year span, into the 1990's. Since the early 1970's, they have been among the early pioneers and international leaders in the promotion of home birth and breastfeeding.
During the years, 1976 - 1990, the Stewarts organized major educational conferences, with more than 1,000 attendees at several of them. These took place in such locations as Washington, DC, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Nashville, St. Louis, and San Francisco Bay. Participants in NAPSAC Conferences came from more than a dozen countries and included young parents, midwives, nurses, lawyers, naturopaths, osteopaths, medical doctors, hospital administrators, government officials, public health officers, and others interested in safe, natural, family-centered childbirth in birth centers, hospitals, and at home.
CARE was founded January 5, 2001, in Marble Hill, Missouri, by David and Lee Stewart. The first CARE Instructors were certified on February 14, 2001. While individual classes in Raindrop, Vitaflex, Bible oils, Chemistry and Emotional Release were taught throughout 2001, the first Full CARE Intensive, offering the entire CARE Curriculum over a weekend, was offered October 25-27, 2001, in Burlington, Iowa, with 17 students from six states.
During 2002 CARE sponsored seven Full Intensives in six states totaling 206 students, all taught by David and Lee. Today, through the CARE Faculty of Certified CARE Instructors, CARE Currently offers more than 120 Seminars and Intensives each year, mainly in the U.S. and Canada, and in selected other countries as well. For more on the history of CARE, see the CCI Handbook, available via the "Books and DVDs" section of this website.
The administration of CARE International is carried out from CARE's Marble Hill, Missouri, (Headquarters by Anthony Stewart, David and Lee's youngest son. All five children [Jonathan Stewart, Lora Lee Stewart, Keith Stewart, Benjamin Stewart, Anthony Stewart] serve on the Board of Directors. Lee Stewart passed away December 10th, 2016. David Stewart passed away October 12, 2020.
Dr. David Stewart studied theology, philosophy, and English at Central Methodist College in Fayette, Missouri (1955-58) and studied chemistry, biology and social sciences at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg (1962-63). He also trained as a commercial photographer at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (1959-60). He completed a BS degree in Mathematics and Physics at Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy in 1965 and was salutatorian of his graduating class. His MS and PhD degrees are in geophysics (theoretical seismology) and were earned from the University of Missouri at Rolla in 1969 and 1971 respectively. His doctoral dissertation is a mathematical discourse on vibrational modes and spectral analysis of frequencies in solid matter applying the 3-dimensional tensor calculus developed by Albert Einstein.
He spent a semester in medical school at the University of North Carolina (1973) and has been a Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE) with the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth (AAHCC) since 1975. He has spent some 200 hours in training with Dr. Gary Young (ND), internationally recognized authority on aromatherapy, essential oil production, and the originator of Raindrop Therapy.
Dr. Stewart has also been a Registered Aromatherapist (RA) with the nationally recognized Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC), which is endorsed by the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists (NAHA), of which he is a member.
Besides his Ph.D., Dr. Stewart is also a Doctor of Natural Medicine (D.N.M.) recognized and awarded by the World Organization of Natural Medicine Practitioners (WONMP).
He has held positions as a hydraulic engineer and hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Southern California (1965-67). He was a professor on the faculty of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, (1971-1978) and also held a professorship at Southeast Missouri State University (1988-1993). He was also a part-time United Methodist Pastor (1993-94, 1997-99) in rural Missouri. He has been the Executive Director of the InterNational Association of Parents and Professionals for Safe Alternatives in Childbirth (NAPSAC International) since its founding in 1975.
For most of his professional career, Dr. Stewart has been self-employed as an author and lecturer, mainly in the area of alternative health care. He has also served on advisory committees to the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). He has testified as an expert on health matters before state legislative committees, U.S. Congressional committees, medical licensing boards and courts of law throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada.
He has authored or coauthored over 300 published works including sixteen books. Two of his books won the "Books of the Year" Award from the American Journal of Nursing. One of his flyers on breastfeeding (published by La Leche League International, LLLI) sold over two million copies in ten languages.
He has given many seminars on various aspects of aromatherapy throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as Australia, Austria, Great Britain, and Japan. He has also made presentations in Lima, Peru, on behalf of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and in Bogota, Colombia, on behalf of the United Nations Disaster Relief Organization (UNDRO). He has been quoted in newspapers and magazines throughout the U.S., has made numerous radio interviews, and has appeared on television in 44 countries. With his wife, Lee, he gave a four-day seminar on essential oils and their applications in Polish (with translators) in Chicago. He is a former member of the faculty of the Institute for Energy-Wellness Studies (IEWS) in Toronto, Canada, where he taught courses on the Chemistry and Science of Essential Oils. He has also been appointed to the faculty of the Metropolitan University of Quayaquil, Ecuador, where he will teach courses in Chemistry and the Botany of oil-bearing plants.
His latest book is entitled, The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple (Gods Love Manifest in Molecules) His two other aromatherapy books are: Healing Oils of the Bible and A Statistical Validation of Raindrop Technique. See the Books & DVD page for availability.
RIP - October 12th, 2020 in Loving Memory.
Lee Stewart studied Music (Voice and Choral Directing) and Business Education at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, 1955 - 1958, graduating with a BS Ed degree. She taught music in the Scott City High School, Scott City, Missouri, 1958 - 1961, and in Del Paso Junior High, Del Paso Heights (Sacramento), California, 1962.
From 1963 to 1976, Lee gave birth to five children, all born at home and all breastfed. During this time she became a Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE) through the Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth (AAHCC), Sherman Oaks, California, and a breastfeeding consultant as a La Leche League Leader. She taught classes on natural childbirth and breastfeeding for expectant parents.
In October, 1986, Lee was invited, all expenses paid, as a representative of the United States, to speak on homebirth at an International Childbirth Conference in London, England.
Lee has been President and Co-founder of NAPSAC International since its founding in 1975 to the present. She is coauthor of several books and articles on childbirth and related topics, including Home Schooling. One book she co-authored (Safe Alternatives in Childbirth) is available in both English and Swedish.
She is also Chief Editor for most of the books written by her husband, David Stewart. Lee is also a key contributor to all of the notes for CARE Classes, as well as the CCI Handbook, which is the defining instrument for CARE International activities, programs, mission, and policies.
Lee has been trained in Raindrop, Vitaflex, and Emotional Release with Gary Young at workshops in Toronto, Canada, Dallas, Texas, and Salt Lake City, Utah. She was chosen as one of a dozen select Raindrop Teachers, world-wide, to receive special training from Gary Young at his clinic in Guayaquil, Ecuador, in May 2007.
Holding a college degree in accounting, Lee keeps the books for CARE International, as well as for the other businesses owned and managed by the Stewarts. She also teaches piano lessons during most weekday afternoons.
Lee is the director of two choirs: The Bollinger County Community Choir (BCCC) and the United Methodist Church Choir in Marble Hill. She is the founder of the BCCC back in 1980 who has performed Christmas concerts in churches of many denominations every year since that time. She is an accompanist for the Woodland High School choir (Marble Hill) and a pianist at the Marble Hill United Methodist performing duets with her husband, David, who plays the organ.
RIP - December 10th, 2016 in Loving Memory.