2. To provide a forum where women and men can express their thoughts and concerns about birth
3. To provide a support network for women who are healing from past birth experiences and for those who are
preparing for births
* Want to learn about your birth options in our community
* Need help healing and recovering from a prior cesarean
* Feel like you are being pressured into an C-section
* Need help preparing for your medically necessary cesarean
* Have had a c-section and you want to learn about the safe option of a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)
Louisville’s ICAN chapter began in 2006 as Mary Oliver Humke and Kerry Miles Wright met around Erin Vest’s kitchen table. The three chapter-founders desired to see cesarean and VBAC support for Louisville-area mothers and found a common thread (a common scar) in their own birthing stories, and happily [and officially] birthed the chapter in early 2007.
As our local chapter grew, Nina Berry stepped up to help co-lead the chapter, as Mary Oliver and Kerry stepped down from their leadership positions, into supporting roles.
In late 2011, Ashley Benz joined as co-leader and Nina moved to Outreach Coordinator.
Co-founder Erin Vest announced her intended chapter leader resignation in the Fall of 2012 and new chapter subscriber Angela Morrow stepped up as co-leader to lead the chapter into 2013. Ashley and Nina also transitioned out of their roles, in order to have more time with their families.
Since ICAN of Louisville’s birth, we have had a steady flow of volunteers, helping from leading Support Meetings, to presenting at meetings, distributing information to doctors’ offices, and setting up for and cleaning up from meetings. Our chapter has heard amazing vbac stories, aided families in avoiding that first cesarean, and supported mothers through their own c-sections.