The New Jersey Symposium for Physiologic Birth:

2017 The Evidence for CHOICE


November 4th, 2017

Sheraton Parsippany Hotel


About The Conference

The first day of our two-day event is for parents. The Waterbirth Workshop is presented by Emory Professor, Jennifer Vanderlaan. The Savvy Birth Parent’s Workshop will be presented by Rebecca Dekker, founder of Evidence Based Birth®.  The second session, held on Saturday is for birth workers of all kinds: nurses, midwives, doulas, obstetricians, hospital administrators and childbirth educators – and parents are welcome as well!
Our theme is “The Evidence for Birth Choice.” Speakers will be presenting the evidence that supports patient-directed decisions for their birth like midwifery care, home birth, water immersion and waterbirth, with special attention focused on avoiding invasive procedures. This amazing conference is not to be missed!

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Topics Include:

  • The Evidence for Midwifery Care
  • The Evidence for Out-of-Hospital Birth
  • The Evidence for Waterbirth
  • Panel of Experts- Discuss
  • Evidence for Birth Choice

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Rebecca Dekker

from Evidence Based Birth



Registration / Breakfast




Evidence For Midwifery Care - Dr. Dekker




Choosing Waterbirth: The Evidence for Maternal Comfort and Neonatal Safety - Dr. Vanderlaan


 Lunch/Exhibit time


Birth slide show


Normalizing Home Birth Transfers -  Dr. Dekker




Panel discussion - Increasing Access to Evidence Based Maternity Care Options in NJ

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Reasons to Attend

  • Learn why allowing birth to proceed naturally is evidence-based care
  • Become part of a community of Birth Workers interested in pushing dramatic change in childbirth over the next 5 years
  • Ask renowned speaker Rebecca Dekker questions during our speaker panel
  • Review the data that shows waterbirth safety for neonates
  • Network with other Midwives, Doulas, Childbirth Educators, Nurses and Physicians
  • Discover the reasons out-of-hospital birth is safe for low-risk women
  • Affirm your faith in the normalcy of pregnancy and childbirth in this Mountaintop conference day

About the Speakers

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Rebecca L. Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, LCCE,

is the founder and author of Evidence Based Birth®. Dr. Dekker received her Master of Science in Nursing and her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Kentucky. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Dekker has built a strong reputation in maternal and infant health circles for her pioneering work as the founder of Evidence Based Birth.® The mission of EBB is to raise the quality of childbirth care globally, by putting accurate, evidence based research into the hands of families and communities, so they can make informed, empowered choices.

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Jennifer Vanderlaan, MSN, MPH, CNM, Ph.D

began working with expectant families as a childbirth educator and doula in 2000. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia where she recently finished her Ph.D in nursing. Her research focus is health systems and maternal health. Her current projects explore waterbirth, maternal mortality, and hospital levels of care.

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Jill Wodnick, MA, LCCE, CLC, IMH-E(R)(II)

works at Montclair State University as a childbirth educator. Prior to her current work at MST, Jill led a Community Doula Program in Hudson County, NJ for Medicaid enrolled women. She has been part of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women's Global Prenatal Initiative as well as on local and statewide programs for improving maternity care. Jill is also is a community herbalist and honors the interdepedent web of caring for our earth and caring for families. Jill teaches medical providers at grand rounds, graduate students and professionals, but learns the most from listening to women and the sacred ecology of giving birth and being born.

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