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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Welcome new bloggers!

We welcome three new mamas to our roster of contributors:
  • Jessie Bridgeford - mother of two, most recently to Alex by VBAC
  • Chandra Fischer - mother of two, our fearless chapter librarian and founder of the chapter in 2005
  • Vanessa Coldwater - midwife, mama and "tub lady". Vanessa plans a regular "ask the midwife" column
Stay tuned for great posts to come from these ladies!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Post-partum Depression Study

Opportunity to Participate in a Research Study on Postpartum Depression

A study investigating women’s experiences of pregnancy after recovering from Postpartum Depression is being conducted. Candidates for participation are women who have been diagnosed with moderate to severe Postpartum Depression by a mental health or medical professional and then had a child after recovering from that depressive episode. All participants must have given birth between nine and twenty-four months ago (i.e. their most recent child is between nine months and two years old) and be free from symptoms of Major Depression at the time of participation.

This study is comprised of a short, 10-15 minute phone interview consisting of some demographic questions (e.g. age, ethnicity, date of initial diagnosis, current psychological functioning). Additionally, some women may be asked to participate in two 1-2 hour audiotaped interviews to take place in a private, convenient location of their choice. The first interview will consist of questions aimed at gathering information on the experience of pregnancy after recovering from Postpartum Depression. The follow-up interview will be used to clarify ideas that arise from the first interview and will provide a chance to gain new information that may have been left out in the first interview. Women who participate in the 1-2 hour interviews will be compensated with a $5.00 Target gift card after each interview. Additional benefits of the study include informing mental health professionals about the process of preparing for another child as well as another potential episode of Postpartum Depression. In this way, professionals can be better informed of what women find helpful, what is not helpful, and what they wish they would have done differently. This information has the potential to enable professionals to aid other women who are in similar situations. Your participation in this research is completely voluntary and confidential. You may choose to withdraw from the study at any time.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Amanda Delsman, Doctoral Candidate at the American School of Professional Psychology/Argosy University, Twin Cities, via email at or via telephone at 651-492-3572.

Monday, November 9, 2009

ICAN Webinars: Home Birth After Cesarean

Join the women of ICAN at this month's online events! Online webinars offer you the opportunity to learn and interact in an exciting format. All you need to participate is a computer with internet access and speakers or a headset.

Educational webinars are free to ICAN subscribers. If you are not a current subscriber, you may subscribe or renew through the ICAN Bookstore or through your local chapter, or pay the applicable webinar fee.

Online support meetings are always free for everyone.


Online Support Meeting: Homebirth After Cesarean
Tuesday, November 17, 10:00 pm EST
Free for everyone

Join the women of ICAN in a live online support meeting. The topic for this meeting is "Homebirth After Cesarean." Share your story, your fears, your dreams…and support other women in their journeys.

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Homebirth After Cesarean: What the Research Does and Doesn't Say
Sunday, November 22, 3:00 pm EST
Free for ICAN subscribers - subscribe now:

CEUs available for childbirth professionals

Is homebirth after cesarean (HBAC) as safe as in-hospital VBAC? What elements make it risky? With no studies are available on HBAC, Amy Haas, BCCE takes on the difficult task of applying the available studies on VBAC to the domain of homebirth to give a general idea on its safety.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Planning a VBAC

Join us for our monthly support meeting next Monday, November 9th, from 6:30-8:30pm. Our topic will be planning a VBAC. We will discuss reasons to consider VBAC for your next birth as well as resources and things you can do to prepare. Our own Heather Deatrick will be leading our discussion.

Childcare is available for a $5 donation. Please RSVP to

Meeting location:
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
720 E Minnehaha Pkwy, Minneapolis, 55407