The International Cesarean Awareness Network is powered by the selfless efforts of our numerous volunteers. We cannot thank our dedicated volunteers enough for their cooperation and service in assisting ICAN with accomplishing its mission. In an effort to acknowledge some of our amazing volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to offer support, education, and advocacy for the mothers in their area, the International Cesarean Awareness Network is pleased to announce Kayley Mayhew as the January 2017 Volunteer of the Month. Kayley is a dedicated volunteer out of ICAN of Richmond, VA who’s been with ICAN for about a year. We appreciate the work she does!
What motivates you as a volunteer?
Helping women learn about their strength and find their voice to stand up to tough providers and VBAC bans. Sharing the stories of heartache and triumph with other women so they know they are not alone, and there is hope, and evidence, backing them up to have a happy birth experience.
Do you have a profession or any other passions outside of ICAN?
I currently work from home and am lucky to be a doula with the hopes of one day working as a midwife in rural parts of Virginia.
What was your proudest moment as an ICAN volunteer? What about your hardest?
Being able to genuinely affect the outcome of the birth of many women by providing them with resources, especially by connecting them to an ICAN chapter that helped them find a provider, has been a great source of pride for me. It’s hardest when women share their stories of being abused and mistreated by their providers. I’m happy to have been able to connect some of them with lawyers and resources to look into litigation after their birth injuries. I think of all the women who send in questions and concerns often, sending them all the positive vibes I have in hopes for a positive and empowered birth.
Thank you, Kayley, for all you do!