LMKheadshot2015Chapter Leader: Lisa Keyser

Lisa Keyser started attending ICAN meetings in 2009, following the c-section birth of her first child. She found healing and support from all of the women who attended the meetings, and was able to have a successful home VBAC in 2011. Lisa became chapter co-leader in 2014, and keeps the ICAN of Northern Virginia website updated as much as possible.



Jen Wood Chapter co-leaderChapter Co-Leader: Jen Wood

Jen has been involved with ICAN since 2012. Her son was born in 2011 via planned cesarean for breech presentation and she had a VBAC with her daughter in 2013. She believes that every woman has the right to be treated with respect and dignity at every phase of life. Jen desires for women to be educated in their body's capabilities and their full range of choices within and outside of the medical model and so she supports a woman's right to choose her own birth experience and seek to facilitate her wishes.


Chapter Co-Leader: Emily Smith

Emily is mother to 3, residing in Montclair, VA.  She has worked passionately as a birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, and placenta encapsulator in DC, VA, and MD since 2008 and co-leads the DC meeting location of ICAN.


Chapter Co-Leader: Ryann Morales

Ryann is returning as an ICAN leader and is passionate about sharing her love of birth.  As a two time VBAC mom, doula and midwifery student, she is able to provide a unique perspective and support for our chapter.  She lives in Del Ray with her husband and 3 children.


Chapter Co-Leader: Nicole Bruno

Nicole Bruno has worked the last 5 years serving families in the greater Washington, D.C. area and founded the Doulas of Capitol Hill.  She is a birth and postpartum doula, placenta encapsulation specialist and Bradley Method childbirth education instructor.  She is excited to be co-leading our new D.C. meetings

About ICAN

The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by reducing preventable cesareans through education, supporting cesarean recovery, and advocating for vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Learn More About ICAN