One in three births is traumatic.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Like many first-time parents, Rebecca walked into labor and delivery as a healthy pregnant person and walked out as a statistic—as someone who had a traumatic birth.

Rebecca planned to give birth at the hospital affiliated with her university, where she was an award-winning nurse researcher finishing her doctoral degree. But hospital practices and policies that were more than twenty years out of date left her with complications that seemed preventable. Worst for Rebecca, her healthy baby was whisked off to a nursery right away. She spent the first few hours after birth begging to see her own baby!

 A few years later and pregnant again, Rebecca put her research skills to work and examined the hard evidence on what went wrong with her first childbirth experience. 

She discovered shocking truths that not only impact millions of families every year, but would change the entire course of her life.

Embark on a journey with Rebecca as she exposes the stark realities of institutional care during childbirth and reveals inspirational solutions for parents and professionals alike.

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“I appreciate that Rebecca offers a very well thought out, research-backed explanation of WHY the system is the way it is including the huge influence of institutional culture, and trauma experienced by people who work in the field (i.e. hurt people hurt people). I also appreciate the way she addressed racial disparities in birth and the role white women need to play in addressing them. This is definitely a great read for any physician, midwife, nurse, or any other health care provider who’s interested in improving maternity care in the US.”

Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins, MD, MPH


Rebecca 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. In her role as founder of EBB, her mission 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. Dr. Dekker resides in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband Dan (aka Mr. EBB), and three children Clara, Henry, and Susie.

“With ease and grace, Rebecca shares with us her own pregnancy and childbirth experiences in a way that educates and touches everyone. This book also provides such beneficial research and information on evidence-based care, allowing us all to understand powerful insights into the issues women face today with maternity care and obstetrics, and how we can help. This is now must-read material for our Instructors, Hypno-doulas, and students!”

Kerry Tuschhoff, HCHI, CHt, CI Founder/Director of Hypnobabies®

“Rebecca’s story provoked me as a Nurse, a mother, a woman of color, a lover of community, & a believer in the liberation of women through full ownership of their Birthstories! I was led to stop, ask myself critical questions about my life & my career, and to change directions for all that I believe.”

Taiwo “tia” Ajao MPH BSN-RNc MNN LCCE

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Where can I get a physical copy?

Currently, Babies Are Not Pizzas is available as a paperback and hard cover book on our Shop page and on Amazon. It is also available at the Barnes and Nobles website as a paperback book.

Where can I get a digital copy?

You can buy the Kindle version on Amazon (just search for Babies Are Not Pizzas). You can also purchase the ebook in the iBook store on iTunes, and on Kobo. 

Where can I get an audio book?

Babies Are Not Pizzas is available as an audiobook on Audible! You can also purchase the audiobook on Kobo, Google Play, Apple,, and through many other retailers!   

Can my Book Club get a Q & A with Rebecca?

Unfortunately, not at this time. Rebecca did create a Virtual Book Club Kits with videos and other fun extras for your group. You can purchase the three different Virtual Book Club Kits from our Shop

Where can I follow Evidence Based Birth®?

Subscribe to our free email newsletter on our main home page ( You can also follow us on Facebook (@evidencebasedbirth), Instagram (@ebbirth), and Twitter (@birthevidence). 

I have a question about the book where should I send my question?

If your question was not answered on this page, you can reach us via the “help” button below, or by emailing Please put “book question” in the subject line! 

How can I share a story about what happened to me?

We know that Babies Are Not Pizzas can evoke strong emotions in some readers, especially those who experienced birth trauma! If the book triggers memories or emotions, you may want to check out the Epilogue at the end of the book for resources for you, including a special video message from Rebecca. You can also send us a message by emailing… please write “Book Message” in the subject line. 

How can I connect with Rebecca?

We would love to hear from you! You can send messages to Put “Book Message” in the subject line. Our small but mighty team aims to respond to all messages within 1-2 business days, although our response time may be longer during peak times. 

Will Rebecca come to my event to speak?

Rebecca only accepts 1 or 2 in-person speaking engagements per year. She has more availability for virtual or online speaking engagements. If you’re interested in booking a speaking engagement, email and put “Speaking Request” in the subject line. 

Is the book available outside of the US?

Yes! The printed book can be purchased on Amazon in any country where Amazon is available. The digital book can be purchased on Amazon, Kobo, Apple, and Tolino. 


Do you have any plans for translating the book into other languages?

We are accepting proposals from companies who are interested in foreign language publication rights. Please contact and put “Book Translation” in the subject line. Please be as detailed as possible with your translation proposal. 

“Often times we hear birth stories and think: ‘That will never happen to me, I’m educated!’ Dr. Dekker showcases her personal story to highlight the broken system. The way our babies are born matters. The way we feel about those births matters. Empowering oneself with evidence can have a profound impact on our birth experiences. This book brings you to that conclusion and is written for all birthing persons and ethnicities. As a Doula and Childbirth Educator for 14 years, I highly recommend. It’s time to go forward in healthcare.

Michelle Gabriel-Caldwell, CD, CBE, AAHCC, Evidence Based Birth® Instructor
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