2019 Evidence Based Birth® Conference - Bringing Evidence to Life

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

This live conference is sold out! However, we are still taking applications for sponsors, and we have a virtual ticket option available! Scroll down to learn more!

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!  

Ticket Sales to this Live Event are Now Closed!

We sold out in a 2-week period! However, we do have a virtual ticket option!


September 25 – 27, 2019

Wed., SEP 25
12:00 PM – Early Conference Registration
1:00  PM – 4:00 PM – Pre-Conference Workshops (extra ticket required, purchase here)

5:00 PM – Conference Registration

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 our 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

Research Director


  • 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

Doula & Podcast Host


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

Our Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors for making this event affordable to attend.

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! We had 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. These rooms went quickly, but call the hotel for the most updated information.

We were also able to secure a block of nice rooms at the SpringHill Suites (by Marriott) near the University of Kentucky in Lexington. The SpringHill Suites is one mile from the conference venue, and includes free parking and free breakfast.

There are several AirBnB options in the downtown Lexington area as well. 

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

What if you have more questions?

Our team is happy to support you! Email info@evidencebasedbirth.com to get in touch with a member of our team 

Ticket Sales to this Live Event are Now Closed!

We sold out in a 2-week period! However, we do have a virtual ticket option!

Our conference breakout sessions will follow five tracks:

  • Comfort Measures
  • Career
  • Special Populations
  • Trauma
  • Nurses & Physiologic Birth

We have handpicked talks from a sampling of these tracks, including: Comfort Measures, Trauma, and Career. We believe these talks below will spark conversations and bring the evidence to life in your practice.

You will receive the corresponding contact hours for these 6 presentations (for a total of 6 contact hours).

Scholarships: The BWOC scholarship application process is complete and decisions have been made.

* 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.

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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