Jesse Franks is a mom who I had the honor to meet early on in her VBAC journey. She is now a co-leader of the ICAN of Phoenix Chapter and admin at the facebook page Vbacjunkie.
She is not only an amazing mama and leader, she is also a talented artist. She has graced many a belly cast with her imaginative art, and she recently opened an Etsy shop to celebrate birth.
I can't remember a time when I wasn't motivated to make jewelry! But the vbacjunkie project started late 2013, when I was trying to find the perfect gift for a friend. She recently had a home birth VBAC with twins. I quickly realized finding that specialized of a gift would be next to impossible, so I got to it!
What inspires your designs?
The women I meet and the birth stories I hear. I may not always remember a name, but I can remember an impressive amount of details from someone's birth story. And no matter what the story, women deserve the chance to show off that story.
What else are you offering in your shop?
Right now we have personalized jewelry and crease-less hair ties. Any of them can be personalized with stamped pendants. I hope to have some personalized baby hats up soon.
I am the only VBAC store out there! CBAC, HBAC, VBAC, Home birth, I know I'm not appealing to a huge market, but this is where my passion is, it's where my energy goes.
What do you like to do when you’re not making jewelry or being crafty?
I am a stay at home mom of two, number three on the way, and my kiddos keep me pretty busy. I also spend a lot of time doing volunteer work for ICAN. (International Cesarean Awareness Network) I do love running though. I just finished my first 1/2 marathon in January. And when I can sneak it in, I watch terrible reality TV. Its my guilty pleasure.
How did you celebrate your births?
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