Hillary Donaghy of Southeastern Pennsylvania – Welcome to ICAN!

ICAN is excited to announce Hillary Donaghy as our newest chapter leader! She has completed training and will be leading ICAN of Southeastern Pennsylvania!
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Tell us about the birth climate in your area.hillary-donaghy-hs

ICAN of Southeastern Pennsylvania serves Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Delaware County, Chester County, and Bucks County. We have a number of outstanding midwives and doulas in our area that provide tremendous support to moms attempting VBAC. It would be helpful if medical providers gave women more information about VBACs, even if they don’t support them in their particular practice or hospital. Women should know all of their birth options when considering pregnancy and birth after a cesarean section.
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What drew you to ICAN?
When I was pregnant with my first child, I heard about ICAN on a podcast for new moms. I recommended the organization to a friend of mine who had recently given birth by cesarean section and was looking for support. When I became pregnant with my second child, I believed I could find the support and resources at my local ICAN chapter to attempt a VBAC. The women volunteering at my chapter shared a passion for educating women about their birth choices and were incredibly informed about the providers in our area. I knew I’d found a place where my plan for birth was supported and respected.
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Which part of being an ICAN Chapter Leader are you most excited about?
ICAN played an important role in my birth story with my second child, and I have seen our local chapter positively influence many women. It’s both a great honor and responsibility to continue the good work of ICAN in my community and hopefully contribute to its growth in our area.
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Please share a little about yourself!
I am the mom of two playful and energetic kids. I have a Master’s degree in Mass Media Arts and Journalism. When I’m not working as a business writer, I enjoy volunteering at my church, journaling, running, and traveling.
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Next meeting? 
Our next meeting is a birth support meeting on Saturday, April 1, 9:30 am to  11 am at Minnow Lane at 2029 Frankfort Ave., Philadelphia, PA. https://minnowlane.com/
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Congrats, Hillary! We can’t wait to see what you and your chapter get up to!
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