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Signing On

Greetings everyone! My name is Melek and I am excited to announce that I will be serving as the new ICAN blogger.  I look forward to maintaining an active blog full of recent and relevant information, inspirational stories and support for all of you, much as my predecessor Sarah did.
I just wanted to take a [...]

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 [...]

CAM Birth Story: Sarah’s HBA4C – “An Incredible Feat!”

This birth story, in honor of Cesarean Awareness Month (CAM), comes from Sarah Fuerstenau. To have your story posted on this blog, email it to
My birthing story begins back in 2005 when I had our first child. I had prepared myself for a natural, drug-free vaginal birth but I ended up with an emergency [...]

CAM Birth Story: Heather’s Journey to Homebirth

This birth story, in honor of Cesarean Awareness Month (CAM), comes from Heather Deatrick. To have your story posted on this blog, email it to
Birth story of Gregory Patrick
HBAC (Home Birth After Cesarean) on 01/13/2011
by Heather Deatrick
How I ended up having a homebirth is truly amazing, as it is nothing I ever would have [...]

CAM Birth Story: Cortney’s VBAC

This birth story, in honor of Cesarean Awareness Month (CAM), comes from Cortney Speir. Cortney says, “My first birthing experiene is pretty disturbing but my vbac was awesome. Thank you ICAN!” To have your birth story posted on this blog, email it to:
The sun was lightly shimmering through the rose in the stained glass [...]

Birthrights Video

Have you seen Al Jazeera’s new documentary – “Birthrights” – about cesarean and VBAC in the United States? It features ICAN of Atlanta and others in our birthing community. Check it out!

Sweepstakes Winner!

Congratulations to Bronwyn Fackrell, winner of the 2011 ICAN Survey Sweepstakes! A few weeks ago, ICAN posted a survey asking for feedback. Bronwyn was the lucky winner of a drawing for a giftcard to the ICAN bookstore as a thank you for participating.
Thank you to everyone who participated, more surveys are coming soon!

New! ICAN Support Pillows

ICAN debuted our newest support offering at our 2011 Conference in St. Louis. Designed by talented ICANer Mallory Brock from a concept by Education Director Krista Cornish Scott, this fabric can be ordered by the yard directly from with a portion of the sales going to ICAN.  One yard of fabric makes three support [...]

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 [...]

From “McBirth” to Homebirth

ICAN mama Rebecca James was recently interviewed on about her journey from having a “McBirth” to homebirth, with a little help from ICAN along the way. She had this to say about how ICAN helped support her after her traumatic cesarean surgery:
It is hard to find support after a cesarean! Most people don’t understand [...]