Supporting NJ’s Birth Plan:
Taking the Next Step and 
Implementing Evidence-Based,
  Maternity Practices
   in New Jersey
2014 New Jersey BirthNetwork Symposium
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 

*Please go to the New Jersey BirthNetwork website information and registration page here for further information and to register for this event.

The 2014 New Jersey BirthNetwork Symposium will focus on:
  • Identifying, creating and providing the resources necessary for NJ hospitals and providers to begin implementing Mother-Friendly practices.
  • Identifying, creating and providing access to community outreach and education programs that inform expectant parents about and improve access to Mother-Friendly Maternity Care.
  • 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 Model of Care for Safer Births and Lower Costs (Nicette Jukelevics, MA, ICCE)
  • 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 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.

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