ICAN is excited to announce Carolin Gharbi as our newest Chapter Leader!
“I strongly believe that the way a birthing woman is treated is so incredibly powerful to framing her experience. Respect, informed consent and empowerment should be the cornerstones of any birth! ” – Carolin Gharbi, ICAN of the Twin Cities
Please share a little about yourself.
I am a mom to three kiddos, and actively work as a birth doula for an organization that focuses on improving birth outcomes in the Twin Cities! My educational background/work experience is in International Politics, although that is a life chapter that I have transitioned out of as I found my passion in birth work. I love spending time outside, hiking and exploring nature, trying out new recipes, and various family activities with my husband and kids.
How did you find out about ICAN?
I found out about ICAN after the unplanned/emergency cesarean birth of my first child. I was drawn to the organization because of the resources that were offered as I was searching for evidence based information about cesarean birth, recovery and moving forward, VBAC options and considerations. Finding a place where there were women who had been down a similar path was also helpful!
What part of being an ICAN Chapter Leader are you most excited about and why?
I am excited to come alongside women in our community and serve as a resource, a listening ear, and a comforting presence!
What area does your chapter serve?
ICAN of the Twin Cities, Minnesota. We serve the greater Twin Cities area of Minneapolis and St Paul and surrounding area.
What is the best thing about the birth climate in your area?
The options that mothers have: there are homebirth, birth center and in-hospital birth options for VBAC moms. Family centered, gentle cesarean is the norm at most Twin Cities hospitals.
When does your chapter meet?
We meet the second Monday of each month at 6:30 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1720 E. Minnehaha Pkwy, Minneapolis.