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Two maternity “gurus” on cesareans and “fairytale births”

Recent interviews with Sheila Kitzinger and Ina May Gaskin have raised interesting points about mother’s expectations for birth and birth outcomes.
As quoted in the Telegraph,
Sheila Kitzinger, the pioneer of the natural birth movement, says heavy marketing of a “perfect birth” has left countless women feeling like failures when their own experiences fall short of expectations.
Sheila [...]

Video: Avoiding C-sections in Stalled Childbirth

Dr. Aaron Caughey (OB/GYN) breaks down the research on the topic of cesareans for “stalled” labor and offers advice for women in discussing the issue with care providers. Bottom line: waiting for 2-4 hours after “stall” leads to better outcomes for mothers and similar outcomes for babies as cesarean.

Best of the Birth Blogs – Week Ending November 15th

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
Reality Rounds – Inshallah: A bittersweet post on how early seeds of doubt sown during birth can affect a [...]

Best of the Birth Blogs: Week Ending November 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 blog@ican-online.org

 
Keyboard Revolutionary – How Does Birth Impact a Mother? By reflecting on her own birth experiences, Jill discusses how [...]

Best of the Birth Blogs: Week Ending October 25th

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

National Advocates for Pregnant Women – NAPW Writing Contest Winners Selected: Four law students were selected as 1st, [...]

ICAN Mother Testifies on Capitol Hill

For Immediate Release
 
 
ICAN Mother Provides Testimony on Capitol Hill
Discriminatory Insurance Practices Investigated by Senate HELP Committee
 
 
REDONDO BEACH, CA, October 15, 2009 – Gretchen Humphries, Advocacy Director for the International Cesarean Awareness Network accompanied Peggy Robertson of Centennial, Colorado to a Senate hearing in the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.
 
Ms. Robertson testified [...]

VBA2C Safe as Repeat Cesarean, Research Finds

Most women who have had more than one cesarean are told that a repeat cesarean is the safest choice for their births. Many are not even offered the option by their doctors or hospitals.
Not so, according to recent research published in the British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (BJOG). A systematic review and meta analysis [...]

Arizona Mom Fighting VBAC Ban

Joy Szabo, mother of three, is fighting back against her local hospital that has banned vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Even though she has already had one VBAC, lowering her risk for uterine rupture, Page Hospital of Lake Powell, AZ will not allow her to have another.
 
“My doctor doesn’t have a problem with me having [...]

Best of the Birth Blogs – Week Ending September 25th

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
Science & Sensibility – Mad Birth: Are Today’s Women Better Off Than Betty Draper? Amy Romano contemplates today’s equivalent [...]

Michelle Obama: Cesarean as Pre-existing Condition is Gender Discrimination

First Lady Michelle Obama has called it like it is: insurance companies who deny women coverage due to previous cesarean section are practicing “gender discrimination.” Read about her recent speech here.
ICAN has previously reported on this growing trend nationwide. As stated in ICAN’s June 2008 press release: “In some cases, women are being rejected for [...]