February Guest Speaker at ICAN of NOVA

We are excited to announce that Lydia Anderson from Postpartum Support Virginia will join us at out February meeting to talk about maternal health!  The meeting will be on 2/15/2020 at the Richard Byrd library in Springfield, Virginia from 10am-12noon.

Lydia's background: She is a mom of 3 - an almost 10-year old son, 8-year old daughter and 3-year old son. All 3 of her babies were born via c-section; all with completely different stories. Lydia was diagnosed with postpartum depression after the birth of her third child. She was able to find help at Postpartum Support Virginia‘s Arlington support group.  After she recovered, she wanted to help new mothers in Prince William County find help and resources in their community.  An Arlington native and Virginia Tech graduate, Lydia is a small business owner who lives in Woodbridge with her family while also serving as the Director of Coalitions and Woodbridge Coordinator for Postpartum Support Virginia. 

National Accreta Foundation and Hope for Accreta Foundation

The two foundations that help and advocate for women with Accreta, Hope for Accreta and National Accreta Foundation, have decided to merge their resources into one foundation- the National Accreta Foundation.

More details on the transition can be found in their press release.

Featured Professional Member- Oasis Birth Doula

This month we'd like to introduce you to Fatima Abdallah of Oasis Birth Doula!

She's a mother to three girls and one boy- three of them were born in a hospital setting, one at home.  She is a certified holistic doula through The Matrona and as a birth & postpartum doula through Doula Trainings International, and is a a trained childbirth educator.  She also offers a VBAC class and has supported VBAC mothers.

Check out her website and learn more about her and follow her on Facebook!

Thank you Fatima for your support!


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ICAN of NOVA on Good Morning Washington for Cesarean Awareness Month!

Co-Leader Ryann Morales was invited to represent ICAN of NOVA on Good Morning Washington for Cesarean Awareness Month. 

Read more: ICAN of NOVA on Good Morning Washington for Cesarean Awareness Month!

VBAC Class Registration Open!

Deciding if VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) is right for you?  Then join International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) of NOVA chapter leaders at the Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington on April 29 from 6-8pm for a class on the topic of VBAC. You will learn about the benefits for mothers and babies, take a closer look at the benefits and risks of repeat cesareans, learn strategies for labor and birth, discuss the psychological and emotional issues, and gain information on choosing a health care provider, birth location, and support team (like doulas!).

The class is by donation in honor of Cesarean Awareness Month (CAM) and proceeds will benefit the nonprofits ICAN of NOVA and the Breastfeeding Center.

Register today at Can I VBAC? Yes, ICAN!



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