When your clients ask you about the safety of home birth and birth centers, do you know what to say? How do you interpret the conflicting studies and news headlines out there—some saying home birth is dangerous, others lauding its safety? In this session, we will dive into the research on the safety of out-of-hospital birth in the U.S., including the research on home-to-hospital transfers.
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- Describe the demographics of people who choose out-of-hospital birth
- Describe research evidence on the safety of birth centers and home birth
- Discuss how we can improve hospital transfers from planned out-of-hospital birth
Dr. Rebecca Dekker is a nurse with her PhD and the founder of Evidence Based Birth. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and her Master’s and PhD in Nursing from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Dekker has built a strong reputation in maternal and infant health circles for her pioneering work as the founder of Evidence Based Birth®. After spending many years in academia– teaching nursing students and conducting clinical research trials– Dr. Dekker is thrilled that she has been able to work at Evidence Based Birth® full-time since 2016. She leads a team of 7 staff members who work relentlessly to make research freely available to the public. 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.