Today as I was checking out at Target, a mom asked me what kind of wrap I had and where I got it. She was looking for something more lightweight for summer. You know where this is going, right? Of course, we started talking about our births and turns out, she was a cesarean mom too. I just love when the Universe brings me into contact with all these lovely women. I asked her if she had heard of ICAN and we talked briefly about the group and our monthly meetings. I gave her the ICAN brochures and business cards I keep stocked in my diaper bag for occasions just like this as well as K's business card and brochure. Call me biased, but I just don't think a VBAC mom can do better than my girls, so I always pass on their info (to everyone, but most especially VBAC moms). It is also a good way to introduce the idea of HBAC to moms who may not otherwise be aware that it is an option. I can tell this mom was receptive and interested in learning more about our group and coming to monthly meetings--I hope to see her in June! She is also relatively new to Austin, so ICAN would be a great way for her to start connecting with like-minded families.
You know, I have mentioned time and time again what a blessing my births have been to me and how they've brought wonderful new people into my life, but another way in which they have impacted me is by making me more outgoing. I tend to be introverted, and when I was young, it was pretty paralyzing. My mother put me in acting classes to help with it, but I still had to work really, really hard to engage people that I didn't know (and even some that I did!). I still have this tendency, but seriously, when it comes time to talk about birth or VBAC or ICAN or anything related to these things, it is like a light goes off in my head and I am a different person. If you had told me five years ago that I would be going up to random people just because I heard the word "cesarean" and interjecting myself into conversation, exchanging contact information and connecting like this, I would have called you crazy. But it's happened and, for the most part, it's really nice.