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Newsweek: VBAC Access Makes Medical Sense

ICAN chapter leaders Allison Denenberg and Barbara Stratton, along with president Desirre Andrews, were featured in a Newsweek article yesterday on VBAC.  The article asks the question:  if the evidence for VBAC safety is so clear, why aren’t doctors supporting it?
VBAC advocates hope that health-care reform, with its emphasis on evidence-based medicine, might help turn [...]

ACOG Spokesman: C-section Rise “not going to be good for anybody”

An article in today’s New York Times discusses the report released yesterday by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) on the continued rise in cesareans. The article quotes Dr. George A. Macones:
The continuing rise “is not going to be good for anybody,” said Dr. George A. Macones, the chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at [...]

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.  [...]

Announcing the ICAN VBAC Blog Carnival!

UPDATE:Read the VBAC Blog Carnival here!

In light of the upcoming NIH VBAC Meetings, the ICAN blog would like you to be heard in our first-ever blog carnival.The NIH Meetings, to be held in Bethesda, MD from March 8-10, will gather “invited experts” to present evidence on the safety and availability of VBAC in the United [...]

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 [...]

Best of the Birth Blogs – Week Ending February 7th

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
The blogosphere was full of reactions this week to the Today Show’s “Live in the OR” segment showing an [...]

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 [...]

ICAN Online Store Specials

The ICAN Bookstore now offers 1st Class & Media Mail as shipping options! ICAN continues to be a valuable resource to birthing women and hopes that cheaper shipping options along with our low rates will allow us to reach even more women.
Check out this month’s specials, buy access to the January 24th webinar or pick [...]

ICAN Conference 2011 Announced

From Maureen Finneran Hetrick, ICAN 2011 Conference Director:
We are excited to announce St. Louis, Missouri as the location of the ICAN Conference April 8 – 10, 2011!  St. Louis is a beautiful city with a large birth community, strong local support for ICAN, and plenty of free attractions for families.
This will be a first for [...]

“We Never Set Out to Be Rebels”: A Mother and Father’s VBAC Story

At 38 weeks, Debbie Fields was told by her OB/GYN that he would no longer support her plan for VBAC and gave her the ultimatum to schedule a cesarean or find a new doctor. In this interview, Debbie and her husband Ken each share their perspectives on what happened and how their journey to VBAC [...]