Join the Evidence Based Birth® Movement!

September 25 – 27, 2019 | Downtown Hilton | Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Are you frustrated when your clients’ requests for evidence-based care meet resistance from healthcare institutions? You are not alone! Get support, inspiration, and cutting-edge education from the EBB conference located in beautiful Lexington, Kentucky! Nursing contact hours will be provided (which are good towards most doula, CBE, and the CPM credential), and we will apply to the ACNM for contact hours for specific sessions.

Hi, I’m Rebecca Dekker

For six years now, I’ve been leading the team at Evidence Based Birth®, doing everything I can to help turn my frustration with our imperfect health care system into energy, passion, and share-able research evidence! I love bringing birth and healthcare professionals together to brainstorm solutions, build connections, and engage in exciting, cutting-edge education– and that’s why I created this conference for you!  

When you attend the 2019 EBB Conference, you can expect to walk away feeling like you are an integral part of the Evidence Based Birth® community. My hope is that you will be energized by our amazing keynote sessions and hands-on workshops. The education you will receive– as well as the networking you will engage in– will hopefully equip and empower you to not only survive—but to thrive in your career!  

2019 Evidence Based Birth® Conference Schedule

Theme: Bringing Evidence to Life

September 25 – 27, 2019

Wed., SEP 25
1:00  PM – 4:00 PM – Pre-Conference Workshops (extra ticket required)
5:30 PM- EBB Instructor Gathering (Invitation Only)
7:00 PM – Welcome Reception for All Attendees
8:30 AM – Opening session: “Current State of Maternity Care”

9:15 AM – Keynote: “Transgenerational Trauma”

10:30 AM – Coffee Break + Exhibits

11:00 AM – Workshops

12:00 PM – Lunch (Provided) + Exhibits

1:00 PM – Keynote: “Cultural Humility”

2:00PM – Workshops

3:30PM – Coffee Break + Exhibits

4:00PM – Keynote: “Surviving as a Feminist OB”

6:30PM – Dinner on the Town with new friends (we will make reservations; dinner is on your own)

FRI., SEP 27
8:30 AM – Keynote: “Fostering an LGBTAQI-Friendly Practice”

9:30 AM – Workshops

10:30 AM – Coffee Break + Exhibits

11:00 AM – Workshops

12:00 PM – Lunch (Provided) + Exhibits

1:00 PM – Keynote: “Prenatal Visits that Support Birth Physiology”

2:00 PM – Workshops

3:00 PM – Coffee Break + Exhibits

3:30 PM – Closing Q & A: Next Steps

4:30 PM – Goodbyes + Group Photo at Triangle Park

SAT., SEP 28
Totally optional… but we’d encourage you to stay for a day or two and explore the famous Bluegrass region of the country! The “Bluegrass” area is named after the blue-tinted grassy horse farm fields surrounding the city. Download this bucket list for a few of Rebecca’s favorite travel tips!


Meet Our Keynote Speakers!

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

Founder of Evidence Based Birth®


  • The Current State of Maternity Care
  • Next Steps to Changing Maternity Care
Dr. Jesanna Cooper
Dr. Jesanna Cooper



  • Surviving and Thriving as a Feminist Obstetrician in Alabama
Cristen Pascucci
Cristen Pascucci

Founder of Birth Monopoly


  • Next Steps to Changing Maternity Care
Heather Thompson, MS, PhD
Heather Thompson, MS, PhD

  • How to Foster an LGBTAQI-Friendly Birth Practice
Sayida Peprah, PsyD
Sayida Peprah, PsyD



  • Cultural Humility for Birthworkers
  • Transgenerational Trauma: Impacts on Mental and Physical Health
Adriana Lozada BA, AdvCD(DONA), CSC, CEMC, CBP
Adriana Lozada BA, AdvCD(DONA), CSC, CEMC, CBP

  • Designing Prenatal Visits to Support Birth Physiology and Dismantle Learned Compliance

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Where we will Gather:

Hilton Downtown Lexington

The charming city of Lexington, Kentucky is within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population!

How will you get here? 

Lexington, Kentucky is within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population, so we expect many of our attendees to drive! For those of you who need to fly to get here, the conference venue is 10 minutes away from the Lexington Bluegrass Airport (LEX) and about 1 hour and 15 minutes from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Our conference venue, the Lexington Downtown Hilton, is an approximately $10 Uber or Lyft drive from the Lexington Bluegrass Airport (LEX). Once you get into downtown Lexington, there is no need to have a car, as there are plenty of restaurants, coffee shops, and fun activities within walking distance.

We know that some attendees prefer to fly into the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati Airport (CVG), which sometimes has more affordable flight fares with Frontier, Southwest, Allegiant, etc. Therefore, to assist those of you who are interested in flying to CVG, we will be providing a free roundtrip shuttle from CVG to the Lexington Downtown Hilton. Shuttle times will be posted later in October, but the approximate schedule will be: 
Wednesday, September 25  leaves from CVG about every 1-1.5 hours starting at 12:30 PM, with the last shuttle ride departing at about 6:30 PM

Saturday, September 28 leaves from Lexington Downtown Hilton starting at 4 AM, with the last shuttle ride departing at around 8 AM.

* Allow for 1 hour and 15 minutes for shuttle travel time to the CVG airport.  

If you would like to fly into CVG, and none of those shuttle times work for you, we would recommend renting a car, as car rentals are very affordable from the CVG airport. Parking is complimentary for on-site guests at the Lexington Downtown Hilton.  

How will you stay here? 

We strongly recommend that you book a room at the Hilton Lexington Downtown. This is where all of our conference activities will take place!  

We have negotiated a discounted rate for our attendees who would like to stay at the Hilton Lexington Downtown—the rate is $139 per room. This is a wonderful rate for a beautiful downtown hotel!  

The Hilton Lexington Downtown will be providing this discounted room block rate later in October. We will let registered attendees know as soon as our rooms are available. As soon as we announce that rooms are available, we encourage you to book right away at that time, as it does not cost you anything up front, and there are only 60 rooms available at the conference rate for Wednesday and Thursday night, and only 50 rooms available at the conference rate for Friday night.  

Once you register, you are welcome to look for a roommate in our private Facebook group, if you wish! 

Ticket Sales are Now CLOSED!

We sold out of all 250 tickets in a 2-week period! We will be re-opening ticket sales this spring for a short period. There will only be 10 spots available. Get on the wait list to be notified as soon as the remaining tickets are available! 



It is time to feel equipped and empowered to not only survive—but to thrive in your career!


$50 of your ticket goes toward supporting scholarships for women of color to attend + you get a fun swag bag!

Scholarships: We will be announcing the process for applying for BWOC scholarships March 2019.

* If you would like to ask your employer to pay for your attendance at this conference, we have made it easy! Simply download this customizable document and fill in your details.


Get in Touch

If you have any questions, we are glad to help! Please fill out this form and our team will get back to you.


Thanks to our sponsors for making this event affordable to attend

What if I have dietary restrictions? 
One of the first things we will do after you register is send you a survey to fill out. In that survey, you can let us know about any dietary restrcitions. We will offer a lunch buffet on Thursday and Friday, and we will have plenty of options for people with special dietary needs!

Can I apply to be a speaker? 

Thank you for your interest! We have already selected our keynote speakers and workshop leaders. Please consider applying to speak at future conferences and events! The best way to learn about such opportunities is to be on our email newsletter!  

Will I get anything else? 
You will be invited to participate in a closed Facebook group with other conference registrants from now through the end of 2019! This group will give you the opportunity to network and get to know the other attendees, so that by the time you come to Lexington, you’ll already have lots of friends that you’ll be excited to meet! 
What is your refund policy? 

Refunds may be requested and paid in full if you contact us and cancel your registration by December 8, 2018. Any refunds requested after December 8, 2018 and before July 1, 2019, will be refunded 50%. After July 1, 2019, there will be no refunds for this event. However, you can transfer your ticket to another person. For more details, see our Conference Terms and Conditions.

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