Be the Change Conference


An inspiring and empowering two day learning and social conference designed to equip birth & health care professionals. 

This first Evidence Based Birth® conference, hosted at the beautiful Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, will inspire, empower, and equip you with an action plan you can use to bring an evidence based practice project to your own community. Networking and brainstorming will be enhanced by the intimate atmosphere and breathtaking views. The conference is limited to only 48 attendees, giving you quality access to Rebecca Dekker - the founder of Evidence Based Birth®. 

Networking Opportunities

Plan to arrive at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill on Thursday, September 21, at 6:30 PM for a pre-conference reception. 

 Each learning session will be alternated with small group work sessions, giving you ample time to network and brainstorm with professionals from all over the world. 

We will conclude the conference on Saturday, September 23, with an evening riverboat cruise and catered dinner along the Kentucky River palisades. 

There will be an optional social event Sunday morning, September 24, for attendees who want to explore Kentucky a bit more before they head home.

Learning Sessions

Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, will be focusing on how to create an evidence based practice project. An evidence based practice project is a formal project you can do in your own community to turn one piece of evidence into common practice. 

Learn how to:

  • Create change in the hospital setting
  • Utilize your sphere of influence
  • Communicate for change
  • Form inter-professional teams
  • Overcome barriers to change


We are also excited to welcome Cristen Pascucci, the founder of Birth Monopoly, to the conference. Cristen will teach a session on how to prevent and manage horizontal violence in our communities. 

Continuing Education

This workshop is intended for professionals who work with birthing families passionate about putting evidence into practice. Doulas, childbirth educators, nurses, lactation consultants, certified professional midwives, certified nurse midwives, students, and physicians are all welcome.

 We will be applying for 12 continuing education units from the Kentucky Board of Nursing, American College of Nurse Midwives, and American Academy of Family Physicians. 

Most doula and childbirth educator organizations accept nursing contact hours. 

If you are passionate about putting evidence based care into practice,



Photo Credit: @shakervillageky


When and where is the event?

The conference is on Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23, 2017. We will also have a welcome reception at 6:30 PM on Thursday evening, September 21, and an optional morning excursion on Sunday, September 24. The conference will be held at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, which is a 30 minute drive south of Lexington, Kentucky. To get directions, click here. Shaker Village is a historic countryside community that spans 3,000 acres of rolling Kentucky bluegrass hills. The buildings have been beautifully restored and turned into a museum and retreat setting. You can read more details about Shaker Village here. You can learn about the history of the Kentucky Shakers here

What food is included?

We'll provide an hor d'ouerves reception on Thursday evening, and breakfast, lunch, and dinner on both Friday and Saturday. Saturday evening we will have a catered riverboat cruise! After you register, you will be asked to fill out a survey to let us know if you have any special dietary needs. If you will need additional meals during your stay (such as breakfast on Sunday morning), you will need to make reservations at the Trustees' Table at Shaker Village. 

Is accomodation included?

Accommodation is not included in the price and it is your responsibility to call Shaker Village and reserve a room. We will provide you with directions on how to call Shaker Village after you register. We have blocks of hotel rooms (with a 10% discount) held, and you can reserve a private room, or you can share a room with a friend. Once you register, you will receive information about available rooms, as well as an invitation to a private Facebook group where you can seek out potential roommates (should you want one). We strongly recommend you stay at the Shaker Village because of the networking opportunities available in the evening, and due to the distance from other hotels.  

What do I need to bring?

Late September weather in Kentucky is usually beautiful, with highs in the mid to upper 70s and lows in the 50s. You may want to bring clothes and shoes for hiking if you want to try out the hiking trails, and a jacket for cool mornings and nights. You'll probably want to bring your favorite notebook and pen, laptop, tablet or smartphone, and a few snacks for the evening. Other than that, just bring comfortable clothes and a readiness and excitement to learn with your fellow attendees!

What about travel?

Lexington Kentucky is centrally located in the eastern half of the U.S. The Lexington Bluegrass Airport (LEX) is approximately 30 minutes from Shaker Village and boasts one of the most beautiful take-off and landing views in the U.S. (so many horse farms to see from the air!) We recommend that you fly into LEX instead of Louisville, if possible. Travel is not included in the price and is up to you to arrange. To get from the airport to Shaker Village, you can rent a car, ride share with a friend, or hire an Uber. There will be a private Facebook group where you can collaborate on transportation with your new friends.

What if I register but then can't attend?

 Read our conference terms and conditions here. All registration purchases are final. Costs for this live event occur far ahead of the actual event itself and are paid for accordingly. Therefore, there are no refunds for this event, even if you cannot attend. You may attempt to sell your ticket if you cannot make it yourself. Also, spots are extremely limited, and will be sold on a first come first serve basis. Once the event sells out at 48 seats, no additional spots will be added.

I'm bummed that I can't attend. Can you help me? 

We understand that many of you may not be able attend due to either finances or distance. The price of tickets actually matches the cost of the event-- we are simply trying to break even and cover all the event expenses (of which there are many!) We knew up front that this would be a small, intimate event, and that many people wouldn't be able to travel this far. We are hoping to film the learning sessions from the conference, so that we can eventually make those video recordings accessible to people who cannot come to the live event. 

Is there anything else I need to know?

Accessibility to guests with limited mobility can be challenging due to the historic and natural features of Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. The conference room does have several steep steps to enter and exit, and there are gravel pathways throughout the Village. If you have difficulty climbing steps, we will assist you to the best of our ability-- please contact to check with us about how we can help you. Read the complete Accessibility Statement from Shaker Village here.

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  • Registration is now open to the public
  • Last day to register- July 31, 2017
  • Reception - Thursday, September 21, at 6:30 PM 
  • Conference - September 22-23, 2017
  • Optional post-conference excursion Sunday morning, September 24