International Cesarean Awareness Network » http://www.ican-online.org Education. Support. Advocacy. Sat, 30 Jul 2016 08:15:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.ican-online.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/cropped-ICAN-bkgd-light-32x32.png » http://www.ican-online.org 32 32 Introducing Veronica Colon Perez, our newest leader in Puerto Rico! http://www.ican-online.org/blog/2016/07/introducing-our-newest-leader-veronica-colon-perez-of-puerto-rico/ http://www.ican-online.org/blog/2016/07/introducing-our-newest-leader-veronica-colon-perez-of-puerto-rico/#comments Sat, 30 Jul 2016 08:15:08 +0000 http://www.ican-online.org/?p=5466 Continue reading →]]>
ICAN is excited to announce Veronica Colon Perez as our newest chapter leader! She has completed training and will be leading ICAN Puerto Rico Area Metro!
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Tell us about the birth climate in your area.

We serve families in the metro area of Puerto Rico. The best thing about the birth climate in my area is that there is a couple of obstetricians and midwives that assist VBACs. It is legal to have a homebirth of twins even if one of them is breech. I would love it if the health insurance companies would cover prenatal care and births assisted by midwives.

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Welcome in ICAN, Veronica!

Welcome in ICAN, Veronica!

How did you find out about ICAN?

I found out about it on Facebook. The cesarean rates in my area drew me to the organization. I am excited about being part of an organization that is compromised to improve maternal-child health by educating women, because I am driven to educate women so they can have humanized birth experiences and prevent unnecessary cesareans. I wish people knew ICAN can educate women to help them have better outcomes in their birth experiences and help women recover from a cesarean.
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What are some of your strongest beliefs about cesarean/VBAC awareness?
I think cesarean/VBAC awareness can help lower cesarean rates.
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How would someone describe you?
Someone would describe me as a passionate and charismatic person when it comes to empowering and educating women about humanized birth and breastfeeding.
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Please share a little about yourself!
I’m a psychology graduate and mother of two. My passion is to learn the more I can about breastfeeding to educate and help women to breastfeed successfully their babies. I also love taking pictures of memorable moments and editing them.
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Welcome, Veronica! We can’t wait to see how you impact your community!
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Review: Cut, Stapled, and Mended by Roanna Rosewood http://www.ican-online.org/blog/2016/07/review-cut-stapled-and-mended-by-roanna-rosewood/ http://www.ican-online.org/blog/2016/07/review-cut-stapled-and-mended-by-roanna-rosewood/#comments Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:06:48 +0000 http://www.ican-online.org/?p=5446 Continue reading →]]> Birth stories hold a special place in my heart, as they do for many other women. They tell a story that women can relate to; a story that can make us cry; a story that can make us laugh; or a story that can make us realize things about ourselves that we never knew before. All of the above is what happened to me when I read “Cut, Stapled, and Mended”, by Roanna Rosewood. The pages of this book are filled with Roanna’s story of her three births.

Cut, Stapled, and Mended by Roanna Rosewood

Cut, Stapled, and Mended
by Roanna Rosewood

I first heard about this book during my second pregnancy (a planned VBAC). I can honestly say that this book is what “lit the fire” to my yearning for a more fulfilling birth. In the first pages of “Cut, Stapled, and Mended”, Roanna instantly sets the tone for a very relatable story. Narrated by Roanna herself, she tells her story from childless, to mother of three, and all of the in between.

This book not only tells the story of three births, it touches on the taboo topic of cesareans in America. “It’s no wonder that babies, who used to arrive at all hours of the night, and on weekends and holidays also, are now most often born on weekdays” (p.51). Rosewood goes on to talk about her experience with two cesareans, both home birth cesareans, and the misinformation modern medicine can give women during one of the most vulnerable times of their life.

During her third pregnancy, Roanna discovered things about herself that she never knew before. In addition to doing everything she could, physically, to experience the birth she had always dreamed of for her and her baby, she did a lot of self- healing. She faced darker feelings and emotions, to overcome them and be at peace with herself and her inner feminine being.

That last part is what resonated with me so much. Going into my second pregnancy, as with many other women, I had a lot of unresolved feelings about my first birth; feelings that I did not realize existed until I read this book. I think too often, women are made to hide their feminine feelings and inner self worth, especially when it comes to modern obstetrics. This book put words to my feelings.

After reading this book, I felt hopeful for my future births. I felt that if someone else could feel the way I did, and go on to have a magical birth, then I could to. I believe this would be the same for most women. I think this book is a must read for any woman, not only those seeking a VBAC, but any woman who has felt held down by the way our society thinks a woman should behave.

Review by Talia Haynes of ICAN of Tucson

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Introducing Casey Shell, our newest chapter leader! http://www.ican-online.org/blog/2016/07/introducing-casey-shell-our-newest-chapter-leader/ http://www.ican-online.org/blog/2016/07/introducing-casey-shell-our-newest-chapter-leader/#comments Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:41:04 +0000 http://www.ican-online.org/?p=5460 Continue reading →]]>
ICAN is excited to announce Casey Shell as our newest chapter leader! She has completed training and will be co-leading ICAN of Huntsville!
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Tell us about the birth climate in your area.
We serve families North Alabama. Change is slowly starting to happen here. I wish that women would be given the opportunity to VBAC without fear.
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Welcome to ICAN, Casey!

Welcome to ICAN, Casey!

How did you find out about ICAN?

My doula first mentioned ICAN in the immediate days following my cesarean. I avoided meetings for a while, but was so overwhelmed with my birth experience that I finally decided to go. The first meeting I attended was open forum. It was wonderful to be able to share with other women who didn’t have the “healthy baby, healthy mommy” perspective. I was able to grieve the loss of the birth I desired. I wish more people knew how supportive and caring these women are.
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What part of being an ICAN Chapter Leader are you most excited about?
Education!! I want to see change in our community and I firmly believe that starts with educating women before their first birth.
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What are some of your strongest beliefs about cesarean/VBAC awareness?
All women have a right to informed consent. It’s unacceptable to me that women are given one option by their OBs and not told about the risks that are involved with each choice.
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How would someone describe you?
I’m passionate about what I believe in and will go to bat for others without a second though. Apparently I’m also funny, but I don’t think of myself that way.
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Please share a little about yourself!
I have 2 daughters. My oldest was a medicated vaginal birth in 2012. When I found out I was pregnant with my second, my husband and I agreed that we should hire a doula and try for a natural birth. At 40+1 weeks my OB discovered that my daughter was breech. After a failed version attempt, I had a cesarean. Unfortunately my cesarean left me with a seroma and I got an infection and spent a week in the hospital on IV antibiotics.
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I’ve been married to the love of my life, Hunter, for 9 years. I have master’s degree and am a speech language pathologist turned part time homemaker. I decided to stay home as much as possible and started a private practice after my oldest daughter was born in 2012. I love to sew and read.
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When is your chapter’s next meeting time, date, location, and topic?
Our next meeting is August 4 at 6:30 pm. My physical therapist will be coming to speak to the group about 1. the normal impact of pregnancy on a woman’s musculoskeletal system, 2. the effects cesarean will additionally have, 3. other complications that can develop over time.
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Welcome, Casey! We can’t wait to see how you impact your community!
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Introducing Bethany Hickey, our newest chapter leader! http://www.ican-online.org/blog/2016/07/5453/ http://www.ican-online.org/blog/2016/07/5453/#comments Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:39:49 +0000 http://www.ican-online.org/?p=5453 Continue reading →]]>
ICAN is excited to announce Bethany Hickey as our newest chapter leader! She has completed training and will be co-leading ICAN of Triangle!
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 What is the best thing about the birth climate in your area?

We serve families throughout the Triangle, which is in the Raleigh/Durham area in North Carolina. There are supportive providers here and plenty of people advocating for change.

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If you could change one thing about the birth climate in your area, what would it be?

I’d ask for more homebirth options that include CPMs and CNMs. I’d ask that VBAC be legal at home and in birth centers as well.

Welcome to ICAN, Bethany!

Welcome to ICAN, Bethany!

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How did you find out about ICAN? 

A good friend of mine is a midwife and I mentioned to her that I was feeling sad about not getting the birth I desired. I also mentioned that my friends were kind, but really didn’t understand my emotions. I’m so thankful she mentioned looking for an ICAN chapter near me. I was drawn to the organization at the first meeting as I felt immediately better after talking with the women at the meeting.
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What part of being an ICAN Chapter Leader are you most excited about?

I’m excited for the opportunity to continue learning and supporting other women in every stage of their journey. I plan to have more children and I want to be empowered and empower others. I wish others knew just how many resources ICAN offers. It’s a great place to feel supported as we make the best decisions for ourselves.

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What are some of your strongest beliefs about cesarean/VBAC awareness?
I feel that women should have the opportunity to informed consent and truly understand all their birth options.
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How would someone describe you?
Kind, thoughtful and dedicated to my family
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Please share a little about yourself!
I’m a mother of a toddler and married to my best friend. I taught elementary school for fourteen years before my son was born. Since his birth I’ve become a life coach and I help other women find balance and more fulfillment in their lives. I enjoy travel, coffee and hiking.
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When is your chapter’s next meeting time, date, location, and topic?
August 2nd, Baby + Co. Birth Center, 7pm, unsure of the topic currently
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Welcome, Bethany! We can’t wait to see how you impact your community!
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Tanya Smith named ICAN Volunteer of the Month for July! http://www.ican-online.org/blog/2016/07/tanya-smith-named-ican-volunteer-of-the-month-for-july/ http://www.ican-online.org/blog/2016/07/tanya-smith-named-ican-volunteer-of-the-month-for-july/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:04:28 +0000 http://www.ican-online.org/?p=5442 Continue reading →]]> 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 Tanya Smith as the July 2016 Volunteer of the Month.

Tanya Smith, this month’s honoree, is a dedicated volunteer out of ICAN of Central Arkansas. Tanya is a tireless chapter leader who is involved in improving her community’s maternal health and helping women in her community!

Get to know our Volunteer of the Month:

How long have you been an ICAN member?

I have been a member of ICAN for about 7 years.
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Meet Tanya Smith, our July ICAN Volunteer of the Month!

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How did you first find ICAN?

I found ICAN in 2004 through a friend that I met at La Leche League. We did not have a chapter in our city, but I was able to connect to ICAN through the Yahoo group. I found a wealth of information and a source of encouragement and support! I learned more about birth, birth options, asserting my rights and choices, and more. My friend and I both moved to different states and we are both Chapter Leaders now!
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What motivates you as a volunteer?

My motivation as a volunteer is simply to provide a space where women can be encouraged, supported, and informed. In the past, I have experienced burnout as a volunteer. It can be very difficult to feel motivated when experiencing burnout. I remind myself of my desire to provide and hold the space for women in my community. I cannot fix everything that is wrong in our community, but I can support women as they work toward healing. And whenever that happens, it erases burnout and refreshes my commitment to ICAN and the women we serve.
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Do you have a profession or any other passions outside of ICAN?

I have one profession and many passions! I have been homeschooling my children for over 7 years. This is my main job and it gives me a lot of flexibility to do the other things that I love. I am also a part-time college student. In 2013, I returned to school to finish my degree. I will graduate in Spring 2017! I am so excited to reach the end of this goal! Volunteer work is very important to me. In addition to ICAN, I am a Leader with La Leche League. I have been a Leader for over 10 years and I love supporting mothers and helping them reach their breastfeeding goals!
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What was your proudest moment as an ICAN volunteer? What about your hardest?

My proudest moment as an ICAN volunteer was my involvement with the 2011 ICAN Conference in St. Louis. I volunteered to be on the conference committee and was Exhibits Chair. There was a steep learning curve for me as Exhibits Chair was not my original job for the conference. It was a great learning experience and I was so proud to see a packed exhibit room during the conference! My most difficult experience as an ICAN volunteer was supporting a woman after infant loss. It is heart-wrenching and I had never felt so helpless.
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We appreciate you so much, Tanya! Thank you for all that you do to support birthing women!

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Introducing Elizabeth Bloomquist, our newest chapter leader! http://www.ican-online.org/blog/2016/06/introducing-elizabeth-bloomquist-our-newest-chapter-leader/ http://www.ican-online.org/blog/2016/06/introducing-elizabeth-bloomquist-our-newest-chapter-leader/#comments Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:37:08 +0000 http://www.ican-online.org/?p=5424 Continue reading →]]>
ICAN is excited to announce Elizabeth Bloomquist as our newest chapter leader! She has completed training and will be co-leading ICAN of Western North Carolina!
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What is the best thing about the birth climate in your area?
We serve Asheville, NC and the surrounding mountain area of Western NC. We have a wonderfully open and experienced birth community that is continually evolving.
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If you could change one thing about the birth climate in your area, what would it be?
I would like women to have more access to find out information about the resources available in our area.
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Welcome to ICAN, Elizabeth!

Welcome to ICAN, Elizabeth!

How did you find out about ICAN? What drew you to our organization?

Our chapter leader Stefani Mills and my desire for up-to-date continued education in my field drew me in. I’m excited to be there in person for families when they need me and to provide resources to our community. I wish others knew about the amount of resources ICAN provides free of charge.
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What are some of your strongest beliefs about cesarean/VBAC awareness?
Women are empowered by information. If you know you have the facts need to make educated decisions, you can avoid a lot of trauma and stress.
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How would someone describe you?
Devoted, approachable, honest and kind
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Please share a little about yourself!
I am a birth/postpartum doula, clinical herbalist, aromatherapist, farmer and mother. I enjoy being active and outdoors and have a obnoxious quest for knowledge and information.
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When is your chapter’s next meeting time, date, location, and topic?
Monday, August 1st at 6 pm. It will be a sharing circle.
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Welcome, Elizabeth! We can’t wait to see how you impact your community!
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Introducing Stacy Finnell, our newest chapter leader! http://www.ican-online.org/blog/2016/06/introducing-stacy-finnell-our-newest-chapter-leader/ http://www.ican-online.org/blog/2016/06/introducing-stacy-finnell-our-newest-chapter-leader/#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:03:10 +0000 http://www.ican-online.org/?p=5417 Continue reading →]]>
ICAN is excited to announce Stacy Finnell as our newest chapter leader! She has completed training and will be
co-leading ICAN of Lee County!
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If you could change one thing about the birth climate in your area, what would it be?
ICAN of Lee County is located in SW Florida. We serve Lee County as well as some women from Charlotte County to the north and Collier County to the south. If I could change anything about the local birth climate, I would increase VBAC access in the hospitals. Few providers support VBAC and mostly at only one of the three hospitals in Lee County.
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Welcome to ICAN, Stacy!

Welcome to ICAN, Stacy!

What is the best thing about the birth climate in your area?

The best thing about the birth climate in our area is the we do have options. Birth here happen in three different hospitals, one birth center, and at home. We have several home birth midwives and hospital based obstetricians who attend VBAC.
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How did you find out about ICAN? What drew you to our organization?
I found ICAN online. I was searching for information to understand what had happened during my first labor which ended in an emergency cesarean. I am most excited to help support women in my area. I wish more people knew that ICAN was an all volunteer organization.
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Please share a little about yourself!
My first child was born via emergency cesarean in February 2011. My second child was born via unmedicated hospital VBAC in September 2012. My third child was born via unmedicated home VBAC in January 2015. I am a married mother of three children age five and under. I am originally from California. I have a bachelor’s degree in Art from Florida Gulf Coast University. My hobbies include home improvement projects and sewing.
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Welcome, Stacy! We can’t wait to see how you impact your community!
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Kelli Cross named ICAN Volunteer of the Month for June! http://www.ican-online.org/blog/2016/06/kelli-cross-named-ican-volunteer-of-the-month-for-june/ http://www.ican-online.org/blog/2016/06/kelli-cross-named-ican-volunteer-of-the-month-for-june/#comments Tue, 14 Jun 2016 17:02:04 +0000 http://www.ican-online.org/?p=5402 Continue reading →]]>

Meet Kelli Cross, our June ICAN Volunteer of the Month!

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 Kelli Cross as the June 2016 Volunteer of the Month.

Kelli Cross, this month’s honoree, is a dedicated volunteer out of ICAN of North Texas. Her passion, vision, and drive for our organization and her local birth community astonishes us and keeps us all incredibly motivated!

Get to know our Volunteer of the Month:

How long have you been an ICAN member?

I am in my second year of membership, but have been involved since 2008.
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How did you first find ICAN?

I found ICAN after the birth of my first son ended in an unexpected cesarean. They supported me through a traumatic CBAC, helped me find resources and a new provider, and encouraged me through two healing VBA2Cs.
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What motivates you as a volunteer?

Stories. Every story a woman tells is different, but we all have them. I have heard stories of abuse in childbirth, feeling alone, people refusing to validate feelings, neglect of providers, and more. But I’ve also heard women experience really beautiful and tough births and feel loved, encouraged, cared for, healed. I want every woman to feel those things when giving birth, no matter how it happens.
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Do you have a profession or any other passions outside of ICAN?

In addition to being a wife and homeschooling mom to four, I am a doula and student midwife. My life is crazy, but I love it!
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What was your proudest moment as an ICAN volunteer? What about your hardest?

My proudest moment as a volunteer so far was recently sitting around a table in a Starbucks surrounded by a group of powerful, passionate women discussing the future of our team and group. It seems like a really simple thing, a team leadership meeting, but I was so proud to be a part of something bigger than just one of us. We have huge plans here in DFW and these women are dedicating so much time and effort to make it happen. I’d say it’s even sweeter since a year ago, we were feeling like we may never gain traction on re-starting our chapter. That was probably my hardest moment, but I can say without a doubt, perseverance is paying off.
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We appreciate you so much, Kelli! Thank you for all that you do to support birthing women!

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A Dr. George Birth Story: Patience with a rocky pregnancy http://www.ican-online.org/blog/2016/05/a-dr-george-birth-story-patience-with-a-rocky-pregnancy/ http://www.ican-online.org/blog/2016/05/a-dr-george-birth-story-patience-with-a-rocky-pregnancy/#comments Sun, 22 May 2016 07:46:31 +0000 http://www.ican-online.org/?p=5357 Continue reading →]]> Dr. George was my OB/Gyn for my second pregnancy. My first one end up with unnecessary C-section due to my lack of knowledge and too much trust in doctors.

My second pregnancy was pretty “rocky”. I started bleeding at 6 weeks and experienced a couple of severe bleeding episodes at 12 and 16 weeks of pregnancy. Dr. George diagnosed me with placental abruption. It was very scary because I had a miscarriage 3 months prior to that conception. Dr. George was always very supportive and positive. He explained to me that it was only 5% of placenta that was detached and the 95% was functional and was more than enough for my baby to grow healthy. Dr. George was always available to see me whenever I felt worried and needed reassurance. His peaceful presence gave me hope that everything would be ok. I knew there was always more chance that I would have a preterm labor due to the bleeding… The weeks were passing by and my baby was growing well no matter the condition of my pregnancy.
 Julija Cartelli - hubby and baby
At 30 weeks of my pregnancy I was diagnosed with polyhydramnios which increased my chances for preterm labor which did happen. My waters broke at 34 weeks and 4 days. Dr. George admitted me to hospital and said that we just needed to wait for a baby to come with no rushing anywhere. I was being monitored every day for 11 days. Dr. George would always come after his office hours to check on me. At the beginning we were hoping for my VBAC. He even joked that it should be pretty easy because the baby wasn’t too big at that time. However, my little guy decided to flip and stay in a breech position. There was no chance rotating him because I had literally no amniotic fluid left (0.2-0.4 cm). So slowly I accepted that I’ll have another C-section. Dr. George never rushed me into it. He believed that my body was the best “incubator” for my son to grow. During my stay at hospital there were other doctors including fetal maternal medicine doctors coming in and trying to pressure me going for c-section right away because the baby was big enough and there wouldn’t be any health issues. I trusted Dr. George and when he said that maybe we should plan to set the date at 36 weeks of pregnancy, I agreed with him because my veins were collapsing from 24/7 IV and my blood work started showing slight infection.
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The morning of scheduled c-section May 31, 2013, a nurse came in and explained to me how everything was going to be and that my baby would have to go to a nursery for a day because I was technically 1 day short of 36 weeks and by hospital protocol babies need to stay at the nursery if they were born before 36 weeks. I started crying and panicking because I had given up on my dream of having my VBAC, I stayed in bed for 11 days waiting to have my gentle cesarean and be there for my baby right away, being able to nurse him and now this lady tells me that I’m short of 1 day of being able to do it. I told her through my tears that I will wait that one day and have the baby tomorrow. She told me that the OR was already set up for me and everyone was scrubbed in. At that moment Dr.George came in all scrubbed in and as soon as he saw me all teared up and not able to talk he asked the nurse what the issue was. After she explained it to him, he told me calmly that it was ok and he’d reschedule the surgery for tomorrow 1st thing in the morning (Saturday morning). He gave me a hug and told me to rest.
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Julija Cartelli - post c snugglesI guess that day all the emotions triggered my labor. I started feeling the contractions pretty strong. I started timing them on my cell phone app and they were 3-4 minutes apart. I thought I’d just take a nap and told no one. After 1.5 hour nap I felt a bit uncomfortable and decided to use a bathroom. On the way to the bathroom I felt something moving deep inside my vagina. I used a bathroom and went back to the bed and I still felt that sensation. I called a nurse. Two of them came in and decided to check me. It was around 6 pm on Friday evening. When the nurse checked me she said that it was the baby’s foot :) The other nurse called Dr. George right away. He told them to have OR ready and that he was on his way. It was happening very quickly. Neither my husband nor my doula could make it on time for my surgery. I ended getting a general anesthesia (for the second time) because epidural wasn’t possible in that situation. I remember being in OR and seeing Dr. George rushing in. I thought to myself that I had never seen him so intense. He was rushing everyone and stopped nurses and me from giggling about my boy’s foot that was all the way sticking out of my vagina (which they even took a picture of). Then he came to me and asked how I was doing. I remember asking him if we were in any danger and he said “not yet” but we had to hurry. My boy was delivered at 7:14 pm with the umbilical cord that had double knot and was rapped around his neck and whole body. He was a healthy little guy that was born preterm but not a preemie. My husband was there when the baby was brought out of OR. Nurses right away told my husband to open up his shirt and have our boy on his chest skin to skin which I was so grateful for. I recovered after couple of hours and my baby never left my sight and stayed with us in a room even though we were 5 hours short of 36 weeks. :)
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I came to see Dr. George for my 6 weeks appointment and brought my son with. We had a lovely chat. He told me that there was no reason why I couldn’t still have my  VBA2C because I progressed nicely and my uterus was in a good condition. Even though my second pregnancy ended up with a c-section as well as my 1st one, my experience and emotional recovery was totally different because I had Dr. George with me who always believed in me, who always was so patient and understanding. Only because of him I still have that hope that one day I’ll have a chance to experience the most powerful sensation of giving birth naturally and being there for my baby right away.
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Read more about Dr. George here
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In lieu of flowers the family has asked for donations to be made to the International Cesarean Awareness Network in Dr. George’s name.
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Introducing Talia Haynes, our newest chapter leader! http://www.ican-online.org/blog/2016/05/introducing-talia-haynes-our-newest-chapter-leader/ http://www.ican-online.org/blog/2016/05/introducing-talia-haynes-our-newest-chapter-leader/#comments Fri, 20 May 2016 05:21:39 +0000 http://www.ican-online.org/?p=5366 Continue reading →]]>
ICAN is excited to announce Talia Haynes as our newest chapter leader! She has completed training and will be leading ICAN of Tucson!
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If you could change one thing about the birth climate in your area, what would it be?
I would love for Tucson to have more home birth options. There are very few home birth midwives, and I would love for women to have that option, if they so wish.
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What is the best thing about the birth climate in your area?
The best thing about the birth climate in Tucson is the birth tribe. Women are so supportive of one another here. There is also so many doulas down here that are always willing to help out a momma and answer any questions she might have about birth. Our doula network is magical.
Introducing Talia! 1 cesarean for "failure to progress" 1 CBAC for failed NST

Introducing Talia!
1 cesarean for “failure to progress”
1 CBAC for failed NST

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How did you find out about ICAN? What drew you to our organization?
I first found out about ICAN shortly after I became pregnancy with my second baby. I was planning a VBAC and looking for support. A close friend of mine sent me a link to ICAN. Unfortunately there was no meetings in Tucson, so I started to make the trek up to Phoenix for their monthly meetings. I fell in love with these women and their beautiful stories, and felt so relieved when I found out that my feelings about my past birth were not uncommon.
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What part of being an ICAN Chapter Leader are you most excited about and why?
I am most excited for Tucson to acquire such a strong support system. I think that there are too many women down here that are unaware of their options after cesarean, or are looking for support after a traumatic birth, that don’t actually have any support, or a way to gain the education they need to, in order to make the decisions they want, during childbirth and after.
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What do you wish other people knew about ICAN?
I wish other people knew that ICAN is not anti cesarean! I have had a few people suggest that, during our conversations, at which I quickly corrected them. I think people hear “cesarean awareness” and automatically assume it means that we think cesareans are bad.
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What would you say are some of your strongest beliefs about cesarean/VBAC awareness?
My strongest belief is that education is key. I think a lot of times our providers are not the best at educating us on all of our options and what might happen with each decision we make. It’s so important for women to get educated and know that they have a say in every aspect of their maternity care.
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How would someone describe you?
I think someone might describe me as hard-working, but fun. Maybe funny, but that might be my own opinion.
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Please share a little about yourself!
I am a mother of two sweet, little boys. My first just turned 4, and my second is 7 months. I just received my Associates Degree for Elementary Education and will be attending Northern Arizona University for Elementary and Special Education, in the fall. I moved to Tucson from Western Washington in October of 2008, and fell in love with the Sonoran Desert. There’s just something so special about a desert rain.
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Welcome, Talia! We can’t wait to see how ICAN of Tucson impacts your community!
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