Meet the Leadership: Tiffany Venekamp, ICAN of HKA Texas

ICAN is excited to announce Tiffany Venekamp as our newest Chapter Leader!

“Informed Consent has not been given if a provider does not lay all the options on the table with honest pros and cons of said choices. ”

~ Tiffany Venekamp, ICAN of HKA, Texas

Please introduce yourself to ICAN:

I am the mother of three boys: Aiden, Rowan, and Lochlan and I have an amazingly supportive husband named Matthew. I am also a CPST and I spend most of my spare time helping people install their car seats properly. On the off chance I have additional spare time on my hands, I enjoy reading, roller skating, and baking. I have had three completely different birth experiences. My first was a 24 hr labor, 2 hrs pushing, then a cesarean. My second was an insanely fast 4 hr hospital VBAC. My third was an incredibly peaceful 9 hr HBAC.

What led you to join ICAN?

I honestly don’t remember the very first time I encountered ICAN. I do know that I joined the online communities when I learned that there were people like me that struggled with their cesarean births. I attended my first ICAN meeting at the Houston/Galveston chapter and I loved the ability to share my story with people that understood. That is when I felt called to help other women find the peace they’ve been looking for surrounding their births and to help women avoid unnecessary cesareans.

How do you share about ICAN with others?

Just being a louder voice in my community. I have always commented with educational articles and VBAC facts and statistics in our local mom facebook groups but our closest ICAN chapter meetings are over an hour away. Being able to provide this in person support closer to home is going to be a game changer. I wish people knew that our mission is about so much more than preventing a cesarean. It is about information and education and helping women feel confident and proud of the decisions they make during their births and about healing from the births that left them feeling vulnerable and broken.

Where will you be serving families through ICAN?

My chapter will serve the suburbs of Northeast Houston: Humble, Kingwood and Atascocita. Houston is the third largest city in America. We really do have great VBAC options here – it is just a matter of getting the education out there – but our local hospital has an alarming amount of wound vacs after cesarean.

Next meeting?

We’ll have a general support meeting on May 29th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at New Leaf Chiropractic in Humble, TX. See the event here!

 

Congratulations, Tiffany! 

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