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Open Thread: Cesarean Awareness

April is Cesarean Awareness Month. The U.S. cesarean rate stands at 32.9%, but some states have rates of more than 40%. “Cesareans are far from the niche occurrence of yesteryear. Every woman in her childbearing years MUST sit up and take notice of this alarming and astonishing rate of surgical delivery,” says ICAN President Desirre [...]

She Wants a VBAC, But Her Partner’s Not So Sure

ICAN’s Education Director Krista Cornish Scott has published an article on About.com called, “Planning a VBAC When Your Partner’s Isn’t Sure.” Krista provides tips for dealing with this situation such as acknowledging fear, asking your partner to listen to how your cesarean affected you, and approaching your partner with their learning style.
Krista writes, “Getting your [...]

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:  http://conference.ican-online.org/speakers.htm  for the full listing.
This year’s conference speakers are among the most recognized, respected and innovative names in the birthing community! [...]

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 [...]

DVD Review – Dance of the Womb: Belly Dance for Pregnancy and Birth

This review comes to us from ICAN Education Director Krista Cornish Scott. The DVD is available from the ICAN online bookstore for $39.95. Click here to check it out!
DVD Review: Dance of the Womb: Belly Dance for Pregnancy and Birth
By Maha Al Musa, 2009
http://www.bellydanceforbirth.com
This elegant and arrestingly beautiful DVD is a very personal and [...]

Childbirth Professionals: A Call to Advocacy

ICAN President Desirre Andrews and Advocacy Director Gretchen Humphries have recently published an article in the Journal of Perinatal Education. Desirre and Gretchen call for childbirth professionals to work together with advocates to promote change so that childbearing women can be empowered to seek the best care for themselves and their babies.
Tackling the topics of [...]

Cesarean & VBAC in Syracuse, NY

ICAN’s own Lauren Cooper and Lisa Carguello from ICAN of Syracuse were featured on their local TV evening news talking about the rising cesarean rate and availability of VBACs. Says Lauren, “I was terrified but it was an amazing opportunity to help spread the word about the kind of support and information ICAN has to [...]

Best of the Birth Blogs – Week Ending January 3rd

Your weekly one-stop for highlights from the birth blogosphere. Visit weekly for the latest on childbirth, especially related to cesarean prevention, recovery, and VBAC. To nominate a blog post to be featured here, email me at blog@ican-online.org
Happy New Year! “Best of” will be on hiatus next week (family trip to San Diego). We will resume [...]

Best of the Birth Blogs – Week Ending December 27th

Your weekly one-stop for highlights from the birth blogosphere. Visit weekly for the latest on childbirth, especially related to cesarean prevention, recovery, and VBAC. To nominate a blog post to be featured here, email me at blog@ican-online.org
The Unnecessarian – Do You Suffer From Physician VBAC Hysteria? Quite a ruckus in the blogosphere this week as [...]

Cesarean emotions in your own words

Those who attended the ICAN conference last April might remember the stunning black and white photographic image at the silent auction table.  It was a very challenging image and generated a lot of conversation.  Such stark representations of inner emotions can be important points of catharsis in our healing journey.
Jennifer McNichols is a cesarean mother [...]