Important information for every woman, whether you have given birth by cesarean or vaginally, whether you have had no children of many. Hysterectomy is the most common non-obstetrical procedure for women in our country. Approximately 600,000 are performed each year in the U.S. 1 in 9 women will have one. It’s time for us to focus on our pelvic floor health.

August ICAN of Knoxville Meeting — Pelvic Floor Health

Please join us to hear our guest speaker, Autumn Synowiez, OT, speak to us about our pelvic floor health. Whether you are planning to get pregnant, are pregnant, or have birthed your babies in the past — we can all benefit from good pelvic floor health. Those with diastasis recti, perineal repairs, and cesareans will especially benefit from this information.

Meetings are FREE, however we gratefully accept donations for our local 501c Non Profit Chapter. (suggested donation $1-$3)

Partners and children are welcome for most of our meetings. We respectfully ask that if your child is needing a quiet moment that you step out if needed.


November Events

It is short notice, but tonight is the ICAN of Knoxville November Meeting. We will be having Marty Lawson speak about Craniosacral Therapy for Newborns. The meeting is held at Earth Fare in Turkey Creek and will be from 6-7 p.m.

Due to the Thanksgiving Holidays, the normally scheduled Comfort Measures Class is moved to Saturday, Nov  19th from 11-2:30. Please pre-register at beautifulbirths2003@yahoo.com so I can have a head count and handouts prepared. The class is held at Cutie Tooties Cloth Diaper Store in Bearden. Cost is $50.00 per couple.

Knoxville Birth Network and ICAN of Knoxville are working on a screening of More of the Business of Being Born, tentatively scheduled for early December. Stay tuned for more details on this exciting event!

All Rights Reserved, 2011, Kimberly Sebeck, Knoxville Doula


Birth in Knoxville and East Tennessee — Exciting!

I’m writing a quick blog out of the gratitude in my heart for all of the amazing things that have happened recently in Knoxville for birth and options involving pregnancy and birth. I say recently because I started professionally being a doula and childbirth educator in 2000 — and things were very different then. There were a handful of amazing doulas, some childbirth educators, Lisa Coomer, CPM, and of course the Lisa Ross Birth and Women’s Center. We were here, but sometimes our time and resources were limited.

What’s changed?

Now in Knoxville and East TN we have a lot more doulas and childbirth educators! There are placenta encapsulation services offered by East TN Placenta Medicine. There is a re-opening of Cutie Tooties Cloth Diaper store this weekend — and the owner, Emelie, is opening up her classroom to many birth professionals. Some of the offerings are regular Breastfeeding and Newborn Care Classes, Meet the Doula events, Comfort Measures Classes, a Breastfeeding Circle with regular meetings… just so many events so that any mother and family in the area can explore their options. Carry Me Close is a business by a mom and midwifery student — she offers hand made baby-wearing carriers and custom makes them and meets with you to show you how to wear them. Another mama sews cloth sanitary pads and much more. ICAN of Knoxville and Knoxville Birth Network are fairly recent (in the last 2 years) but more people are becoming aware of the regular meetings and support offered through these networks and local volunteers.

Some people have made remarks about how there is more “competition” for doulas. I do not ever feel that way — years ago if my schedule was too full or I was not available for a birth due to travel, it truly hurt me to turn someone down, and I worried about those who were not aware of the then available resources.  Now I firmly believe that any woman who wants a doula has not only the option of having one, but finding the very best fit for her and her family. Now there are so many  more options for classes! Today’s schedule is hectic enough without having to worry about taking time off for classes, or missing the only one offered in a month, or before a due date. It’s nice for me, too — getting to network with birth professionals, help one another, provide and receive support and bounce ideas off of one another.

Grateful is how I would sum it up. Go get the pregnancy and birth experience you want and deserve!

p.s. I apologize for not putting links in to the great resources I mentioned, but I’m out the door for an event — I will try to add these later, or simply search on Google or Facebook.


All Rights Reserved, 2011, Kimberly Sebeck, Knoxville Doula


July 2011 Events

ICAN of Knoxville will be holding their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 6th, at 6p.m. Location is the Earth Fare in Turkey Creek. Topic: “Home Birth in the Hospital” and the speaker is Kendra Smith, ICAN of Knoxville Co-Leader. Cost of the meeting is free, however, donations are accepted on behalf of the 501c non-profit organization. Childcare is not provided, but babes in arms welcome, as well as partners or family members. For more information about the organization, go to www.ican-online.org. For ICAN of Knoxville questions, please email icanknoxville@yahoo.com


Classes scheduled for July:

Comfort Measures/Refresher Course. Stages/phases of labor and birth, comfort measures, partner involvement, affirmations, and more. Handouts provided.
Date/Time: Saturday, July 9th, 10 am – 2 pm
Location: Upper Cervical Health Center, 1508 Coleman Rd, Suite 107, Knoxville, TN 37909
Cost: $50.00 per couple unless you are a doula client of mine, then it is included in your fees
Pre-Registration Required: Email beautifulbirths2003@yahoo.com

Prep for VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). Had a C-section? Pregnant or planning to become pregnant in the near future? Come to this class to learn about the safety of VBAC, facts, statistics, along with preparing for a successful VBAC. Topics are: informed consent, comfort measures, choosing a provider, emotional component of a previous c-section, etc.
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 26th at 5:00 pm
Location: Upper Cervical Health Center, 1508 Coleman Rd, Suite 107, Knoxville, TN 37909
Cost: $50.00 per couple, unless you are a doula client of mine, then it is included in your fees
Pre-registration Required: Email beautifulbirths2003@yahoo.com
You do not need to be currently pregnant to take this class! This information can help you decide how to best proceed with pregnancy, choosing providers, and planning for VBAC. Partners strongly encouraged to attend.


Can’t make these dates? I offer in-home and private classes as well and can work around your scheduling needs. Have a suggestion for a class? Let me know!

All Rights Reserved, Kimberly Sebeck, CLD, CCCE, Knoxville Doula



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!



Upcoming News!

There are lots of great events coming up for your pregnant mamas and families!

February 23rd, 2011, I have been asked to be part of an expert panel for Parenting Daily Times.. more details to follow as I receive them.

ICAN of Knoxville’s March meeting is going to be a fun and enjoyable night of sharing at Birth Story Night. Come prepared to hear a wide variety of birth stories, and feel free to share your own. We want to hear your experience.. whether it be an unmedicated birth, a hospital birth, home birth, surgical, epidural..and anything else you care to share. The atmosphere will be one of positivity and no need to worry about criticism. Date: March 2, 2011 at Earth Fare, Turkey Creek location, beginning at 6 pm, lasting usually one hour. Cost is free, however, donations are accepted on behalf of the 501c non-profit. www.ican-online.org

Knoxville Birth Network has graciously invited me to speak about VBAC and Avoiding C-Section on Tuesday, March 8th from 7pm to 8:30 pm at the Blount County Public Library, 508 N. Cusick St., Maryville, TN. Cost is free. I have a special treat of having received brochures ordered from the National Institutes of Health Consensus Development on vaginal birth after cesarean. Come with any questions you may have.

In April, ICAN of Knoxville will be hearing about different childbirth education options in Knoxville. Special speakers Danielle Hartley, who teaches Bradley Method prepared childbirth classes, as well as Marva Solt, who teaches Hypnobirthing will give us a brief overview of the methods and classes they teach. Date: April 6, 2011 at Earth Fare, Turkey Creek location, 6-7 pm. Cost is free, however, donations are accepted on behalf of the 501c non-profit.

ICAN of Knoxville is looking for volunteers. It is an all volunteer organization and volunteering covers many areas, from bringing snacks or making a few copies to taking on a larger task of being treasurer or secretary, helping to maintain a lending library, fund-raising and more. Ask me how you can help! One appeal we have currently is to expand our lending library, so if you have books, DVD’s, or other material pertaining to pregnancy, childbirth, or postpartum and would like to donate, we would love to have a donation and be happy to give you a receipt for tax deductions.

Duck, Duck, Goose’s large consignment event will be held April 14-18, 2011 and I will be there at a booth! I hope to see you there!

As always, please let me know if you are in need of any childbirth classes or doula consultations.

All Rights Reserved2011, Kimberly Sebeck, CLD, CCCE, Knoxville Doula


VBAC Study Participants Needed

Hello ICAN friends,

This message was recently posted on the Your Best Birth website, run by
Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein. See below and participate if you can/are
willing to.

Greetings Friends, Family, & VBACtivists!

We are writing to request your assistance with a project. We are conducting
a survey around Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC). THE SURVEY IS ATTACHED.
We need to hear the voices of women who have attempted VBAC regardless of
the outcome. The information gathered will be used to assist women who are
attempting VBAC to be successful in their efforts. There is often much fear
and apprehension surrounding VBAC and many hospitals do not even allow
attempts. The AMA (American Medical Association) and ACOG (American College
of Obstetrics and Gynecologists) go back and forth on their recommendations,
currently they are pro-VBAC, but still hospitals may not wish to “take the

Makini and I are deeply invested in this study. We are both women who have
had VBACs. I have had to Home (Vaginal) Birth after Cesarean (HBVAC or HBAC)
and my dear colleague has had one Home Birth after Multiple Cesareans
(HBAMC), which is an even greater feat.

We ask that you please send this survey far and wide so that we can cast a
broad net. The survey is ongoing, but we need to have a large number back in
the next 5-7 days. People can email their responses to Makini at
makiniduewa@ gmail.com

We really appreciate this. If you are yourself a VBAC mama who is willing to
complete the confidential form and mail it back, we would also love to speak
with you by phone. Sincere thanks, in advance for taking the time to read
this and immediately send it to some people in your address book who may be
connected in this way. Please don’t forget the attachment.

Much love and appreciation,
Michlene and Makini