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Signing off…Stay Tuned!

After three years as the ICAN blogger, it’s time for me to retire. But don’t worry, the blog will go on! Stay tuned – my replacement is in the works.
It’s been a pleasure for me to volunteer for ICAN in this role over the past three years. It’s especially been an honor to read and [...]

Speakers Announced for ICAN Conference

The complete list of speakers has been announced for the ICAN Conference 2011: Your Gateway to a Better Birth, being held April 8 – 10 in St Louis, MO.  Please see the conference website:  for the full listing.
This year’s conference speakers are among the most recognized, respected and innovative names in the birthing community! [...]

Register for the ICAN Conference!

Registration for ICAN’s 2011 conference is now OPEN at
Join us in St. Louis, MO for ICAN’s Gateway to a Better Birth conference, April 8-10, 2011.  Early Bird Registration is only $99 for a limited time!
Speakers include Henci Goer, Pam England, Isa Herrera and Dr. George Macones.
This is a fantastic opportunity to learn, heal, network [...]

Cesarean Rate Reaches (Another) Record High

32.9% of Births Resulting In Major Abdominal Surgery; 13th Consecutive Year to Show Increase
Redondo Beach, CA, December 21, 2010 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics has reported that the cesarean rate hit another record high in 2009, with a preliminary rate of 32.9 percent. The findings reflect the [...]

Call for 2011 ICAN Conference Speakers!

ICAN (the International Cesarean Awareness Network) is hosting its biannual conference April 8-10, 2011 during Cesarean Awareness Month, at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac in St. Louis, Missouri.
The ICAN conference is a unique opportunity for speakers, as it brings both the consumer and the birth professional to learn and grow together. Rising cesarean rates worldwide [...]

CAM Birth Story #12: Poppy’s Breech Birth (Dad’s Perspective)

In honor of Cesarean Awareness Month 2010, we will be filling the blogosphere with stories from real women (and their families) who know first-hand the consequences of a 32% cesarean rate. Each day we will post at least one birth story submitted by these women. Prepare to be moved (hint: grab a box of Kleenex)!
This [...]

Call for Birth Stories!

In honor of Cesarean Awareness Month (CAM) this April, I would like to post one birth story per day on the blog. To do this, I need your help! Would you consider sending your birth story to for posting next month?
Your birth story can be of any type, as long as it relates to [...]

National Institutes of Heath Releases Statement on VBAC

Access to VBAC is Limited by Non-Medical Factors and is Safe for Most Women

REDONDO BEACH, CA, March 11, 2010.  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) finished the Conference on Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) March 8th-10th, 2010, evaluating issues surrounding VBAC and seeking to quantify why VBAC rates have plummeted in the U.S. over the [...]

Top Ten Reasons to Volunteer on the 2011 ICAN Conference Committee

By Maureen Finneran Hetrick
ICAN Conference Director
Have you been wondering what you can do to help ICAN?  Do you want to make a difference in the lives of women?  Consider joining the ICAN 2011 Conference Committee!  You can help make next year’s conference the best ever!
Top Ten Reasons to Volunteer on the 2011 ICAN Conference Committee:
10.  [...]

ICAN Responds: “Today Show” Spreads Misinformation

In response to the Today’s Show “Live in the OR” segment that showed a scheduled cesarean in progress , ICAN is appalled by the lighthearted tone and lack of in-depth information regarding cesareans. Dr. Nancy Snyderman downplayed the risks of cesareans while adding to the myth that suspected fetal macrosomia and being postdates are [...]