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Mother-sized Activism: Pre-order the NIH VBAC Consensus Statement

Photo credit: Birgit Amadori

This mother-size activism task takes less than 2 two minutes and can be done from the comfort of your computer chair!

As we’ve blogged previously, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is planning a conference called Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: New Insights.

ICAN President Desirre Andrews says:

The weeks are counting down to the NIH VBAC meetings March 8-10 in Bethesda, MD.  Attending the meetings along side many other birth activists who are birth professionals and/or consumers is very exciting and I am certain more than I am hoping for. Packing up and leaving my family for several days is bittersweet to be sure. I know this sort of involvement can very well pave way for more judicious use of cesarean, much more openness and offering of VBAC regardless of the NIH stance or viewpoint. The time away from my family is never easy, however, I am reminded every day that every facet of this work that takes time from my family ultimately gives back to them and countless others.

While ICAN encourages all that are able to attend the conference in-person and make our voices heard, we understand that not everyone who is interested will be able to do so.  The good news is, you can still be involved by pre-ordering a free copy of the conference statement or viewing the live conference webcast.

What you can do: Follow this link, check the applicable boxes for the Conference Statement as well as the box to register to view the live webcast.  Fill out the form, then submit.  It’s really that simple!

How can something so short and simple make a difference? Pre-ordering the statement and registering to view the live webcast shows the NIH and its presenters that  VBAC matters to consumers.  It shows that we want to be active in and knowledgeable of decisions and statements regarding our rights to access of health care options.

After you register to receive the statement and view the webcast, be sure to spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, and by word-of-mouth to your friends, family, and local birth communities (include link directly to this blog post)!

And don’t forget to participate in our VBAC Blog Carnival!


  1. Tiffany Mitchell says:

    VBACs are sooooo possible and safe!

  2. Hey, just wanna let you know that your RSS feed is getting WC3 errors for me. Please find a solution!