ICAN of Knoxville, a Look Back and Looking Forward

While organizing my files for ICAN of Knoxville, our local chapter of International Cesarean Awareness Network (www.ican-online.org), I find myself feeling exceedingly grateful for the support shown by attendees, speakers, volunteers, other local doulas and birth workers, etc.

Here are some of the great topics that have been covered in our monthly meetings:

Chiropractic Care for Pregnancy and Improved Birth Outcome. Speaker: Franya Peterson, D.C.

Informed Consent.

Emotional Recovery after a Cesarean. Speaker: Rev. Angie Collins of Awakened Light Healing.

Tips for Physical Recovery after Cesarean.

General Support Meetings.

Birth Story Night (one of our biggest turnouts). Speakers: YOU, the attendees, with each of your stories to share.

Movie Night: Pregnant in America.

Exercise in Pregnancy. Speaker: Becky Fox

Breastfeeding after Cesarean: Speaker, Sherri Hedberg, ICBLC and RN.

Cloth Diapering and Baby-Wearing (our biggest turnout). Speakers: Mary Rodio, of Knoxville Holistic Moms Network, and Robin Alley, student midwife and baby carrier creator/educator.

We’ve had a lot of fun, a lot of emotional sharing, along with knowledge, and what I hope is a safe place for support. If you haven’t joined us yet, please come to one of our meetings. They are held each month on the first Wednesday of the month, at Earth Fare in Turkey Creek, from 6-7 p.m. Ok, we rarely get out at 7 because of socializing, but we do try to keep the topics to one hour. The meetings are free, however, we do accept donations on behalf of our 501c non-profit organization and welcome local individual, business, and professional subscribers.

Some of our upcoming topics planned are:

Homebirth in the Hospital
The Truth About Epidurals
Unexpected Outcomes
Craniosacral for Newborns and Infants

Is there a topic you would like to hear about? Please let us know at icanknoxville@yahoo.com, or leave a comment below. Do you have a topic you would like to share? Please let us know that, too. Are you available to volunteer, either on a one time basis or ongoing? Make some copies for events? Post a flyer at work or in your business? Donate a service or product to fundraisers?  We’d love to see you personally involved.

Our ICAN of Knoxville fundraiser will be this Saturday. The title is: Pampering and Wellness Day. Please see the Facebook event for all the details! http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=132652926808967  . We would love to see you there!

Thank you!



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