Do you feel frustrated when your clients spend so much time learning about evidence-based options, but then face multiple barriers to getting the kind of care they want? In this session, you will learn the evidence on the effectiveness of childbirth education and birth plans, and how you can help your clients increase their chances of having a positive birth, even if they’re walking into a less-than-perfect healthcare system.
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- Describe the percentage of people in the U.S. who take a childbirth education course
- Describe the research evidence behind the use of childbirth education
- Discuss the research evidence behind the use of birth plans
- Describe potential solutions parents can use to increase their chances of having a positive 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.