ICAN of Anchorage, in conjunction with the Alaska Birth Network, the Central Peninsula Birth Network, ICAN of Central Peninsula, ICAN of Juneau, ICAN of South East Alaska are working on a statewide project called the "Cesarean Mothers' Quilt".
Alaska's C-section rate is nearly 25%, meaning 1 in 4 babies will be born via cesarean section. According to the WHO (world health Organization) the c-section rate should only be 10-15% at the most. This rate is the healthiest rate, for healthy babies and healthy moms.
We would like to bring awareness to the public with this project. ICAN will provide the materials for the quilt. 10x10 fabric squares will be available to all women that have had a c-section. They are free to decorate the square to reflect their c-section(s). It can be sewn, ink, paint, crayon, marker, iron-on, etc. The choice is theirs.
Squares will be collected and sewn together to create quilts that will be displayed all over the state in various locations.
Our first quilt is finished and on display at Heritage Birth Center, Anchorage. (445 W. 9th)
Interested in participating? Please contact Tammy Gifford at 907-444-9377 or via email (ICANofAnchorage@gmail.com) or through Facebook.
There are quite a few Doulas in Alaska, especially around the Anchorage area. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds and various Doula training and certifications. Many will work in a sliding scale and some will even barter or trade for services.
Doulas can help moms' that desire a VBAC by giving support, both emotionally and physically as well as help with navigating the often difficult maze of hospital policy.
There is a Doula for every women. I hope you find yours.