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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! [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Rise of unnecessary cesareans

MyHealthNewsDaily recently reported on the rising rate of cesareans, especially among first-time mothers.
“The most concerning problem is the high rate in first-time mothers,” said Dr. Jun Zhang, a medical researcher at the National Institutes of Health and co-author of a new report on cesarean delivery practices.
In his study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics [...]

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 [...]

Orgasmic VBAC

Jennifer posted a wonderful story of her orgasmic VBAC on
I pushed for two hours, which isn’t too bad compared to the 43-hour marathon labor stories we hear. I was pretty vocal; mostly pissed that there was zero pain-relief from the epidural. I think the contractions were more painful because I had the expectation of [...]

Best of the Birth Blogs – Week Ending August 8th

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
How is it possible the summer is flying by so fast???
The National Advocates of Pregnant Women posted on their [...]

ICANers in the News About VBAC

As news about the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s (ACOG) revised VBAC guidelines garner attention from press outlets like the New York Times, ICAN leaders are being sought for comment.
ICAN President Desirre Andrews was quoted in WebMD Health News:
The new guidelines got a favorable response from the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN). In a [...]

Online Support Meeting: June 27th

Having a hard time finding an ICAN group near you? Is it tough for you  to get to a meeting in person with your local chapter? If your answer to either question is “yes”, then join us for this month’s FREE online support meeting. Share your story, your fears, your dreams…and support other women in [...]