Babies Are Not Pizzas: They're Born, Not Delivered

Rebecca Dekker (Author)


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 But hospital practices and policies that were more than twenty years out of date left her with complications that seemed preventable.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.

Product Details

Evidence Based Birth
Publish Date
August 20, 2019
5.51 X 0.75 X 8.5 inches | 1.02 pounds
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About the Author

Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, is the founder and CEO of Evidence Based Birth(R). After earning her Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD in Nursing, Rebecca embarked on a career as a nurse scientist and teacher. In 2016, she left academia to become a full-time entrepreneur and consumer advocate for evidence based care. Rebecca lives in Lexington, Kentucky, where she and her husband Dan are raising three children and an assortment of pets. Babies Are Not Pizzas is her first book.


Babies Are Not Pizzas is a moving personal story interwoven with important evidence that shines a light on the U.S. maternity care system. I will recommend it to all of my colleagues and patients! --Steve Calvin, MD, OB-GYN and Maternal-Fetal Medicine

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 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(R)️

As a Doula and Childbirth Educator for 14 years, I highly recommend this book. It's time to move forward in healthcare. --Michelle Gabriel-Caldwell, CD, CBE, AAHCC, Evidence Based Birth(R)️ Instructor