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No One Truly Benefits from Defensive Medicine

This is a cross-post from The Unnecesarean, which is in the midst of a fantastic series on defensive medicine. If you haven’t been reading the posts in this series, you can get caught up here.
By Desirre Andrews, President of ICAN
A woman’s pregnancy should be a positive time as she prepares for the birth of her [...]

VBAC Bans in Illinois

ICAN President Desirre Andrews was quoted today in the Chicago Tribune. The article discusses VBAC bans in Illinois and the overuse of repeat cesareans (ERCS).
Repeat C-sections have become so routine that 90 percent of pregnant women who have the surgery give birth that way again. That is a concern to health experts, who say vaginal [...]

Whither the rights of pregnant women?

Samantha Burton’s legal battle to appeal a judge’s ruling that confined her to a hospital’s care and, ultimately, the cesarean birth of a her stillborn baby, continues to garner national media attention. The Washington Post reports:
And six months after the pregnancy ended, the dispute over the legal move to keep her in the hospital continues, [...]

VBAC: Is it Safe? (VIDEO)

Thanks to Cesarean Epidemic for posting this video of Dr. Stuart Fischbein discussing the relative safety and risks of VBAC vs. repeat cesarean. He also touches on informed consent and ACOG.

Guest Blogger: Is a Woman in Labor a “Person”? New Assaults on Pregnant Women’s Civil Rights in NJ Case

Bringing ICAN’s 25-year-plus tradition of support and education in the mother-to-mother and sister-to-sister model into the internet age, we have invited passionate blogging women to join us around our virtual circle of women. We hope to introduce you to new voices that you have not heard before, and also to respected voices that will already [...]

Pitocin: A Cautionary Tale

The blogosphere lit up this last week with posts about “pit to distress” (see here, and here), the practice of administering the maximum dose of Pitocin (synthetic oxytocin) to a laboring women until the baby shows signs of distress. Such overuse (and misuse) of Pitocin in labor raises the risk of cesarean, traumatic vaginal delivery, [...]