Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN - Keynote Speaker
Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, received her Master of Science in Nursing and her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Kentucky. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Dr. Dekker has built a strong reputation in maternal and infant health circles for her pioneering work as the founder of Evidence Based Birth.® The mission of Evidence Based Birth® is to promote evidence based care by putting the research evidence about childbirth into the hands of families and professionals, helping change maternity care from the inside out.
Dr. Dekker serves as a peer reviewer for maternal health research journals, volunteers on the advisory boards for Improving Birth and DONA International, and has presented to a number of leading organizations in the childbirth field, including the American College of Nurse Midwives, the March of Dimes, Lamaze, and DONA International.
Lee Bukstein has been practicing in the administrative law field since 1986. He has previously worked as an Assistant General Counsel for the Attorney General Child Support Enforcement Division, as a hearing officer for the Texas Workforce Commission and as a staff attorney for the Texas Medical Board. As a solo attorney, Lee currently covers a wide area of regulatory law related to health care professionals and organizations, as well as other licensed occupations. While it has been more than two decades since Lee did his limited part in the birth of each of his children, the threshold of midwifery is indelibly etched in his memory and appreciation.
Helen Jolly Nelson, CPM retired
Helen Jolly Nelson is one of the great pioneers of midwifery in Texas and the USA. She served as a board member of NAPSAC (National Association of Parents and Professionals for the Safe Alternatives in Childbirth), and is a founding member of MANA (Midwives Alliance of North America). She served as a state officer for La Leche League, and is a founding member of both ATM (Association of Texas Midwives) and the NTM (North Texas Midwives). She served in several positions on the Texas Department of State Health Services Midwifery Board, and has attended over 3,000 births.
Elizabeth Collins, FNP, RN, IBCLC
Elizabeth Collins has been a registered nurse for over 30 years, a lactation consultant for over 20 years, and has recently licensed as a family nurse practitioner. She is also an expert in tongue and lip ties.
"I breastfed my daughter before breastfeeding was the thing to do. Through my career I realized that there was not enough support or help for mothers that are having difficulties. I became a lactation consultant to serve the mothers that needed help."