November Round Table: Empowering Birth
Ended November 28
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Open Door
November 28
Price:  Please RSVP to Katie Williams at

A conversation about shared decision making, place of birth, and family empowerment across the continuum of the perinatal experience. Across the nation, more attention is being given to how providers deliver respectful maternity care, engage patients as autonomous and active participants in shared decision making, and promote patient satisfaction while maintaining a safe birth space. Because Alice Peck Day recently closed its Birthing Center, the question of place and birth empowerment has come to the forefront in the Upper Valley.

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This Round Table will be a unique opportunity to hear a conversation between hospital-based midwives from Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Alice Peck Day, homebirth midwives, doulas, obstetricians, and pediatricians. These providers will be at Open Door Integrative Wellness to share perspectives on how they work together to empower women and families throughout the perinatal experience.

Audience members will learn what considerations impact maternity, birth, postpartum and newborn care from the providers perspective. They will also learn more specifically what informed consent and shared decision making are, and how to navigate these conversations with care providers.

William Nelson of The Dartmouth Institute will be the moderator. He is a health care ethicist with a scholarly and teaching focus on organizational ethics.

William Nelson, PhD, MDiv, Associate Professor, The Dartmouth Institute

Panelist Speakers

Julie Braga, MD , Obstetrician, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Tricia Groff, MD, Pediatrician, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Kelly Brogan, MSN-APRN, Alice Peck Day Hospital and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Jessica Densmore, MSN-APRN, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Jennifer Pia Needleman, CPM, Homebirth Midwife  

Katie WIlliams, RN-BSN, CLC, Community based Birth and Postpartum Doula

For questions or to RSVP, email Katie Williams at


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