Birth in Nashville: ICAN’s Lindsey Seger

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Lindsey Seger, leader of Nashville’s International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) chapter, is deeply sympathetic to the anxiety many a woman has felt about childbirth. “The intimidation she feels from both the typical obstetrical model and the fervent natural birthers—my heart goes out to her!” says Lindsey, 33. That empathy stems from Lindsey’s own story, which spans both experiences. Her first birth was a scheduled Cesarean; her second was a drug-free, all-natural VBAC—vaginal birth after Cesarean. And as meaningful as that natural, vaginal birth was for the Hendersonville, Tenn., mom … [Read more...]

Birth with Confidence

Birth with Confidence

This week here at Mamahhh, moms and moms-to-be shared their thoughts about what gave them confidence for labor and birth. From ipods to Ina May, here's wishing you the confidence you need for a beautiful birth! ~xoxox, jenni A couple things gave me confidence during the labor and birth of my twins in January of this year. The first was a really comprehensive Lamaze class. I felt totally prepared and confident in my ability to labor and give birth the way I wanted after 4 weeks of class. The second was my labor support team – my two amazing doulas, my loving husband, and my kind and … [Read more...]

Prepare for Birth? You can with ICAN.

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This evening I had the privilege of attending and speaking at our local ICAN of Athens meeting here in northeast Georgia. I joined forces with registered dietitian Marion Boyd, and we talked about prenatal eating and exercise. I’ll share more about that next week, but first, I wanted to put in a plug for ICAN. The short version: If you're pregnant, check out an ICAN meeting! I’d been meaning to attend one of their meetings for quite some time, and my schedule, intentions, and ambition just never seemed to line up. So I was grateful for the invitation to join the meeting tonight. Here’s … [Read more...]

Interview: Birth Advocate Rebecca Quintana

Interview: Birth Advocate Rebecca Quintana

In the spirit of celebrating my mama’s right to imperfection, here today is a profile I intended to share *last month.* In honor of Cesarean Awareness Month, I'd like to introduce you to the remarkable Rebecca Quintana. Rebecca Quintana is an inspirational ICAN birth advocate here in Athens, Georgia, and I think she beautifully embodies the volunteer esprit de corps that energizes the International Cesarean Awareness Network.  She is a DONA-certified birth doula who homeschools her six children (ages 1 to 19). Rebecca also helps her husband operate the family drywall business. All things … [Read more...]