November 8th, 2018 
Bridgewater, Marriott

The Midwives of New Jersey, LLC have a corporate goal of Improving Birth Outcomes in New Jersey.  As part of that goal, they hosted the Symposium last year, The Evidence for CHOICE.  The conference was very successful for bringing together birth workers from around the state to examine the evidence presented by Dr. Rebecca Dekker of Evidence Based Birth specifically the evidence that supports Midwifery Care, Homebirth and Waterbirth.

The Symposium theme for 2018 Avoiding Cesarean is a hot topic among healthcare providers and administrators and policy makers alike.  Our goal is to present solutions to a complicated problem from several different unique perspectives and bring together birth workers from around the state who share The Midwives of New Jersey’s vision for healthy births for all New Jersey families.

The Symposium will also look at reducing avoidable surgical births from the culture on labor and delivery’s perspective and from the Patient perspective.

Keynote Speaker

This year, our Keynote speaker is Dr. Neel Shah.  Neel Shah, MD, MPP, FACOG is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Ariadne Labs. Dr. Shah is listed among the "40 smartest people in health care" by the Becker's Hospital Review, and has been profiled by the New York Times, CNN, and other outlets. His team is currently collaborating with hospitals across the United States, and using methods from design, systems engineering, and management to reduce the epidemic of avoidable c-section.  Dr. Shah will be discussing his work and recommendations at the conference.


The 2018 Symposium Offers a Unique Opportunity 

The 2018 Symposium allows you to collaborate and gain innovative ideas from thought leaders at the forefront of improving maternal health outcomes and reducing unnecessary cesarean from a systems, provider and patient perspective.

Collaborate with Thought Leaders

The 2018 Symposium allows you to collaborate and gain innovative ideas from thought leaders at the forefront of improving maternal health outcomes and reducing unnecessary cesareans from a systems, provider and patient perspective.

Be Part of a Dynamic Movement 

Be a part of a dynamic movement to lower preventable maternal morality and  unnecessary cesarean.  You will hear from Dr. Neel Shah on how his team is currently designing and testing a solution to the global pandemic of unnecessary c-sections.  You will also hear from the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) on the methods they have employed to lower California's maternal mortality by 55%.  

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Resources for Better Maternal Health Outcomes

The federal government has set a goal of reducing c-section rates for low-risk, first-births to 23.9 percent.  During the Symposium you will gain valuable resources and tools which can be used to effectively support your health system or practice to achieve its goals to lower unnecessary cesarean and maternal morbidity.

Schedule

8:30am: Registration/breakfast

9:00-9:15am: Welcome

9:15-10:30am: Lecture Suzanne Spernal MSN, APN-BC, RNC-OB, CBC

Promoting a Pro-Vaginal Birth Culture on Labor & Delivery - One Hospital's Success Story

10:30-11:00am: Break

11:00-12:00pm: Lecture Christa Sakowski MSN, RN, C-EFM, CLE

California Takes on Cesarean: Initiatives to Lower California's Cesarean Rate

12:00-12:15pm: New Jersey Legislative Updates Jill Wodnick MA, LCCE, CLC, IMH-E(III)

12:15pm-1:30pm: Lunch/Exhibit time

1:30-1:45pm: Video

1:45-3:00pm: Lecture Dr. Neel Shah Reducing Avoidable Cesareans - A Systems Approach

3:00-3:30pm: Break

3:30-4:30pm: Lecture Lisa Lederer CNM, President Midwives of NJ, LLC The Patient Factor: Helping Women Help Themselves

4:30-5:30pm: Panel discussion Dr. Shah and TBD

5:30pm: Cocktail reception

What Last Year's Attendees Are Saying 

Not only was the 2017 Symposium chock full of great information for birth professionals and childbearing families alike, but it was an amazing opportunity to talk and connect with a variety of providers from all over NJ. The event was beautiful, informative, and inspiring- I can’t wait to attend this year.  

Britt Sando, CD, LCCE

​The 2017 Symposium for Physiologic Birth brought together best practices of research and resources desperately needed for NJ families! What stood out to me were the participants: nurses, nurse managers, lactation professionals, physicians, midwives, childbirth educators and parents participating in this transformative learning. I am looking forward to the 2018 program with great anticipation and excitement for this type of collective impact for improving birth in NJ.

Jill Wodnick, MA, LCCE, CLC, IMH-E®(II) 

Speakers

Our exceptional group of speakers have all called New Jersey their home. 

Dr. Neel Shah


Dr. Neel Shah, MD, MPP, FACOG is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Ariadne Labs. Dr. Shah is listed among the "40 smartest people in health care" by the Becker's Hospital Review, and has been profiled by the New York Times, CNN, and other outlets. His team is currently collaborating with hospitals across the United States, and using methods from design, systems engineering, and management to reduce the epidemic of avoidable c-section.

Christa sakowski 


Christa Sakowski, MSN, RN, C-EFM, CLE, Clinical Lead California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC).  Christa has 20 years of experience in healthcare. She has worked in a variety of roles including  perinatal nurse, nursing faculty, Certified Nurse Midwife, and nurse education specialist. This has given her the opportunity to work in numerous settings from very low-risk women delivering at home to high-risk women in tertiary care centers. She completed her BSN at The College of New Jersey in Ewing and her MSN at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Christa has experience implementing CMQCC toolkits within a healthcare system and has been involved with CMQCC's collaboratives since 2011. In her role as Clinical Lead, she works directly with hospital teams, mentor nurses, mentor physicians, and the entire CMQCC staff to assess and improve care delivery in the state of California.  Christa also engages with the rest of the country as the California nurse representative for the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) and serving as a resource for the use of CMQCC Toolkits.

Suzanne Spernal 


Suzanne Spernal, DNP, APN-BC, RNC-OB, CBC, earned her bachelor’s and masters of nursing degree at Rutgers University, New Brunswick and her doctorate in nursing practice at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, N.J. She has 25 years nursing experience at Monmouth Medical Center and is an advanced practice nurse for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and serves as the Administrative Director of Women Services. Suzanne is an advocate for improving maternal health with a focus on reducing the cesarean section rate. She has presented on this topic both locally and nationally including the 19th Annual National Patient Safety Congress. Currently, she is co-leading the New Jersey Perinatal Quality Collaborative NTSV reduction initiative working with hospital teams to adopt key practices to promote primary vaginal deliveries.

Lisa Lederer CNM Midwives of New Jersey

Lisa Lederer


Lisa Lederer, CNM, President of the Midwives of New Jersey, LLC. Lisa became a Certified Nurse-Midwife in 1994 after attending the University of Medicine and Dentistry’s Midwifery program.  She founded The Midwives of New Jersey in October of 2010 with the intention of promoting the growth of Midwifery and Improving Birth Outcomes in New Jersey.  Lederer currently leads a practice of 7 Midwives that delivers babies at 2 hospitals, a birth center and patients’ homes.  Lisa introduced “Natural Cesarean” to Morristown Medical Center in 2011. The Midwives of New Jersey specialize in facilitating physiologic birth using the Midwifery Model of Care. The practice had an 8% primary cesarean rate and overall cesarean rate of 10% in 2017. Lisa believes that women themselves are a large part of the solution to the Cesarean epidemic. Her practice has focused on individual empowerment and education of their clients which has resulted in their extraordinary birth outcomes in a state that has one of the highest cesarean rates in the country. Her book “Avoiding Cesarean: A Patient Guide” provides detailed information that enables women to navigate the American maternity system with confidence. They will Avoid Unnecessary Cesarean Birth by taking responsibility for the health of their pregnancy and birth.

Sponsorship Opportunities

As a sponsor of the 2018 New Jersey Symposium for Physiologic Birth: Avoiding Cesarean you have the unique opportunity to be a part of the movement toward improving birth outcomes as we bring together thought leaders from across the country that will share strategies, define best practice and collaborate on tools and resources that will help facilitate better neonatal and maternal health outcomes.


Your conference sponsorship allows you to be part of this dynamic environment, elevating your brand via multiple platforms and opportunities and being seen as a leader in helping to address one of the most pressing issues facing maternal and infant health today.

NJ Speaker Sponsor  (1) 

For the organization looking for maximum exposure leading up to and during this year’s Symposium.  One (1) New Jersey Speaker Sponsor will have the opportunity to support our exceptional group of speakers who have all called New Jersey their home.


  • Large Company logo on one side of the Registration bag
  • Logo on Landing page for conference
  • Logo on Promotional email blasts
  • 15 minutes to present your organization to the group during the conference
  • Exhibit table in prime location in Exhibit hall
  • Logo on conference brochure in most prominent spot
  • Largest Logo displayed on wall inside the conference
  • 8 tickets to conference

Exhibit Hall Sponsor   (1) 

One Exhibit Hall sponsor will have the opportunity to welcome the Symposium attendees to the Exhibit Hall to connect with your organization and the other exhibitors.

  • Large exhibit area near entry of Exhibit hall
  • Morning break
  • Company logo displayed in Exhibit hall
  • Logo inside conference brochure
  • Large Logo displayed on wall in conference
  • Company info in conference bag
  • 4 tickets to conference

Cocktail Reception Sponsor  (1) 

One Cocktail Reception Sponsor will have the opportunity to provide conference goers with a time to connect after the impactful, informative day. 


  • Company logo on the pens
  • Exhibit table in preferred location
  • Company logo on napkins
  • Large Logo on back of brochure
  • Large logo displayed on wall in conference
  • 2 tickets to conference

Lunch Sponsor  (1) 

One Lunch Sponsor will have the opportunity to help us set the tables for a delicious luncheon showcasing your organization's logo on the tables and napkins.


  • 10 minute opportunity to present your company to conference attendees during lunch
  • Special recognition and signage during lunch 
  • Company logo on napkins
  • Exhibit table 
  • Medium logo on back of brochure
  • Medium logo displayed on wall in conference
  • Company info in conference bag
  • 2 tickets to conference

Breakfast Sponsor  (1) 

One Breakfast Sponsor will help start the conference right by sponsoring breakfast during registration.


  • Special recognition and signage at breakfast 
  • Company logo on napkins
  • Exhibit table 
  • Small logo on back of brochure
  • Medium logo displayed on wall in conference
  • Company info in conference bag
  • 2 tickets to conference

Coffee Service Sponsor (1) 

One Coffee Service Sponsor will keep everyone alert all day through your organization's sponsored coffee service.


  • Company logo on napkins
  • Exhibit table 
  • Small logo displayed on wall in conference
  • Company info in conference bag
  • 2 tickets to conference

Exhibitor (12) 

This is your opportunity to present your company to the many birth workers at the conference.


  • Table in conference
  • Small logo displayed on wall at exhibit hall

To Learn More Call: 908.509.1801 or Email conference@midwivesofnj.com

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