Monday, March 1, 2010

Announcing ICAN of Northeast Iowa

Most of you are aware of my journey from C-section, to VBAC. As a result of this amazing experience, which was both incredibly challenging and rewarding, I decided to start a local chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network. This is a non profit organization who's mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC). Essentially, I wanted to start a local chapter to help other families who have gone through some of the same experiences I've had- so we can share our experiences, pool our knowledge and learn from each other.

My local chapter is called ICAN of Northeast Iowa, and though we are based out of Cedar Falls, we also service Waterloo, Black Hawk County, and surrounding areas. I've been working for the past couple of weeks on setting up a website, and am also excited that we will be having our very first meeting in a couple of weeks!

This is an all volunteer organization, and something I am deeply passionate about! I'm looking forward to this new stage of my life!

2 comments:

Angela said...

Yeah for you! I am so proud of you! Spread the word, sister :)

Kelly said...

Thanks Angela! That's the plan, spread the word as much as possible! I've already had 2 women in our community say how glad they are they there is now a chapter of ICAN here, so we can communicate about our local birth scene! I'm learning so much, meeting great people and having fun- this must be right!