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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!

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 [...]

Not too posh, but still pushed

A recent study published in the British Medical Journal has been making headlines in TIME and Salon, among other outlets. Headlines herald the findings as proof that women are “not too posh to push” and can’t be blamed for the rising cesarean rate. Instead, women are having cesareans for “medical reasons.”
From [...]

Best of the Birth Blogs – Labor Day Edition

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 Labor Day!
Rixa at Stand and Deliver gives a great round-up of recent birth-related news coverage. Also check [...]

One-third of first-time mothers having cesareans

A study published in this month’s American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology has made headlines, including the Los Angeles Times.  Results of the study show that 1 in 3 new moms are giving birth surgically:
Overall, cesarean deliveries account for about a third of births in the U.S. While much attention has recently focused on women [...]

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 [...]

Increased risk of home birth is “pure fiction”

The Big Push for Midwives released a statement today in response to publicity surrounding a forthcoming article in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology that claims to show home birth is unsafe. From the press release:
As New York and Massachusetts moved to pass pro-midwife bills in the final weeks of their legislative sessions, the [...]

Best of the Birth Blogs – Week Ending July 4th

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.
It’s been a little slow here on the blog so far this summer. Lots going on with family vacations [...]

Scare tactics & women of size in childbirth

The New York Times recently published an article titled “Growing Obesity Increases Perils of Childbirth.” The article’s lead states:
As Americans have grown fatter over the last generation, inviting more heart disease, diabetes and premature deaths, all that extra weight has also become a burden in the maternity ward, where babies take their first breath of [...]

Only 2% of cesareans requested by moms

A new study in British Columbia has found that, contrary to what some doctors and media reports might contend, the growing cesarean rate is not driven by maternal demand. This is similar to previous findings from the Listening to Mothers study in which only one out of over 1,300 mothers in the study reported requesting [...]