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Mother-Sized Activism: Page Hospital VBAC Ban

Welcome birth advocates to our first installment of the “Mother-Sized Activism” feature on this blog, where we take an issue and put the relevant information together so you can grab a few minutes out of your day and help make a real difference. So many of us can get overwhelmed thinking of [...]

Arizona Mom Fighting VBAC Ban

Joy Szabo, mother of three, is fighting back against her local hospital that has banned vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Even though she has already had one VBAC, lowering her risk for uterine rupture, Page Hospital of Lake Powell, AZ will not allow her to have another.
“My doctor doesn’t have a problem with me having [...]

Michelle Obama: Cesarean as Pre-existing Condition is Gender Discrimination

First Lady Michelle Obama has called it like it is: insurance companies who deny women coverage due to previous cesarean section are practicing “gender discrimination.” Read about her recent speech here.
ICAN has previously reported on this growing trend nationwide. As stated in ICAN’s June 2008 press release: “In some cases, women are being rejected for [...]

Insurance Denial for Cesarean Illegal in MN

As of August 1st, it will be illegal for insurance companies to deny coverage to women with a previous cesarean in the state of Minnesota.
The Twin Cities chapter of ICAN worked along with the Minnesota Better Birth Coalition to promote this legislation. State Senator John Marty introduced the bill, joined by Senators Prettner-Solon, Pappas, Limmer, [...]