ICAN is excited to announce Emily Smith as our newest chapter leader! She has completed training and will be leading ICAN of Northern Virginia!
Tell us about the birth climate in your area.
Currently, the chapter just serves Northern Virginia, but we’re expanding to DC. We have so many options here, but I wish that women could receive judgement-free support from their entire team.
What drew you to ICAN?
When I was a new doula I attended my first ICAN meeting with a client who was hoping to have a VBAC. I’m excited for women and families to have this option available. I believe that one of the best ways to improve rates for women and babies is to work with care providers as a team.
Please share a little about yourself!
I have been a birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, and placenta encapsulator in the DC metro area since 2008. I live in Northern Virginia with my husband, three energetic children, a tiny old cat, and a rescued Catahoula Leopard dog. When I’m not doula-ing or with my friends and family you’ll find me enjoying coffee or wine (is it morning or evening?), hiking, and traveling when I can!
Congrats, Deborah! We can’t wait to see what you and your chapter get up to!