Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN

Founder of Evidence Based Birth

Rebecca L. Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN is the founder and author of the internationally-known website, Evidence Based Birth. Rebecca is an assistant professor of nursing at a research university in the U.S. She teaches pathophysiology and pharmacology to undergraduate nursing students, and she serves as a mentor for doctoral students in Nursing.

Rebecca's research has been recognized with many awards, including the Promising Young Investigator Award from the American Heart Association. Rebecca is a board-certified clinical nurse specialist and an advanced practice registered nurse.

In May 2012, Rebecca realized that it was very difficult for the average person to find information about evidence-based maternity care. Realizing that she had the research and writing skills to meet this need, Rebecca coined the term "evidence based birth" and founded Evidence Based Birth. The mission of Evidence Based Birth is to promote evidence-based practice during childbirth by providing research evidence directly to women and families.

Founding Evidence Based Birth led to new opportunities for Rebecca. In November, 2012, she joined the executive board of directors of Improving, a non-profit whose mission is to bring evidence-based care and humanity to childbirth.

Rebecca has given many presentations about evidence based birth to nursing students, medical residents, college students, and midwives. In 2013, her speaking engagements included the American College of Nurse Midwives annual conference, the Virtual International Day of the Midwife. and the March of Dimes Perinatal Professionals seminar series.

In addition to being a prolific writer, researcher, and teacher, Rebecca is wife to Dan and mother to three young children.