We went down to Birmingham, Alabama a couple of weeks ago so the Wife could attend the ICAN conference there. ICAN is the International Cesarean Awareness Network, which seeks to (and I’ll just quote directly from their website here) “improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean.” The Wife has long been a member, as we had tried for home births for our previous three children but, alas, ended up with a c-section each time. (We’re big proponents of VBAC as, well, we’re still hoping for a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean for Sprout.)
I can’t tell you about how the conference went, however, as my job was to wrangle the children while the Wife was at whatever sessions or events she wanted to attend. Instead, I’ll be posting a bit about a few of the places we went and some restaurants we ate at. Unfortunately, I took very few pictures over the weekend, so you’ll just have to use your imagination. Or look up the places I’m talking about on Google Street View, or something.
As for Birmingham itself, I had driven through the city a few times before and even spent the night in a hotel in town while on the way to Florida. However, on this trip, we got to experience a lot more of the city. Much to our surprise Birmingham is probably the loveliest place we’ve yet been in Alabama. I can’t speak as to how well it wears in the long-term, but there was plenty to enjoy on our weekend visit.