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 Anna Matsumoto as the September 2015 Volunteer of the Month.
Anna Matsumoto, this month’s honoree, is a National Executive Volunteer and currently serves in the position of Volunteer Coordinator.
Get to know our September 2015 Volunteer of the Month:
How long have you been an ICAN member?
I have been a member since March of 2013.
How did you first find ICAN?
I first found ICAN when I started researching VBAC while my husband and I were trying to conceive our second child.
What motivates you as a volunteer?
I am extremely motivated by the success stories that I hear from people I have had the pleasure of assisting. These are stories of empowerment that women share after being educated and informed about their choices and rights in pregnancy and childbirth.
Do you have a profession or any other passions outside of ICAN?
I am a leader, recruiter, and educator for an amazing company called Beautycounter that creates safe and effective products for women and their families. I am also the Director of Marketing for my husband’s chiropractic practice in Dinuba, California, and I homeschool my two daughters.
What was your proudest moment as an ICAN volunteer? What about your hardest?
My proudest moments as an ICAN volunteer are always when I hear back from someone that had an amazing birth experience because of information and support that I provided for them. The hardest part of volunteering with ICAN is to hear the traumatic experiences that women are experiencing in childbirth. It really is a widespread issue and something that ICAN is working hard to help prevent.
Thank you Anna for all that you do to support birthing women!