Supporting NJ’s Birth Plan:
taking the next step and implementing evidence-based,
Mother-Friendly maternity practices in New Jersey.
Using the momentum created at NJBN’s March 2013 Symposium, NJBN was able to talk with hospitals and providers about implementing the MFCI in
New Jersey.  Based on that feedback, NJBN’s 2014 symposium will focus on:

1.        Identifying, creating and providing the resources necessary for NJ hospitals and providers to begin implementing Mother-Friendly practices.

2.        Identifying, creating and providing access to community outreach and education programs that inform expectant parents about and improve
    access to Mother-Friendly Maternity Care.

3.        Recognize and applaud the steps already taken toward fixing our maternity system

Symposium Schedule

8:30am             Registration

9:00am             Welcome

9:15am             The Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative: A Mother-Centered        Nicette Jukelevics, MA, ICCE
                  Model of Care for Safer Births and Lower Costs
10:15am           Break

10:30am           Preventing the First Cesarean                                                            Jill Wodnick MA, LCCE, CLC
11:30am           Creating Access to VBAC                                                                   Thomas Westover, MD

12:00pm           Lunch

1:00pm             Break out groups

3:15pm             Break

3:30pm             Review of plans set forth by groups

4:45pm             Awards and Recognition

5:15pm             Close

                                                                            Nicette Jukelevics, MA, ICCE

Nicette Jukelevics is a childbirth educator, speaker and author of Understanding the Dangers of Cesarean Birth: Making Informed Decisions. She has
presented on cesarean prevention, VBAC issues and Mother-Friendly Childbirth at national conferences and currently blogs on the website
She is past Chair of the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services and presently serves as CIMS’ Ambassador and consultant for maternity care
communities who want to implement the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative. She recently helped to organize the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative
Symposium and launch the Mother- Friendly Childbirth Initiative Consortium of Los Angeles County.

                                                                            Jill Wodnick, MA, LCCE

Jill was the Expert Doula for Destination Maternity, Pregnancy Magazine, the PBS program 'Real Savvy Moms' and the non - profit Parental Wisdom site.
She brings important collaborations and experience in community based organizations with a lens on the impact of birth and breastfeeding on the mother
baby dyad.  From 2010-2012 she led Community Doula Fellowship as a consultant to the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern NJ funded
by the Merck Foundation's NJ Neighbor of Choice award. She is now affiliated with Montclair State University's Center for Autism & Early Childhood
Mental Health.

                                                                            Thomas Westover, MD

Co-Chair, New Jersey Hospital Association Perinatal Safety Collaborative, Assistant Professor, Maternal & Fetal Medicine & OB&GYN, Robert Wood
Johnson Medical and Cooper Medical School.
This event has be granted 6.75 CEU's by ICEA

Wednesday March 26, 2014

Rutgers University Inn & Conference Ctr
178 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Space is limited
$75 Early Bird Registration by 11/1/13
$90 Regular Registration by 2/26/14

Registration includes lunch and all printed and digital materials.  Digital materials will be available for download on our website.
Nursing babies under 6 months are welcome.  Please plan for childcare if your child is mobile.
Refund Policy:  Registration refund less $25 will be given for requests received by March 12, 2012.
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