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Dr. Friedman on “The peril of multiple c-sections”

Dr. Alex Friedman from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania published an article in yesterday’s Philadelphia Inquirer detailing his own experience with the serious risks of multiple cesareans:
The worst surgical case of my residency came when we delivered my patient’s baby by cesarean – her ninth cesarean birth.
The baby came out fine, but for [...]

Cesarean & VBAC in Syracuse, NY

ICAN’s own Lauren Cooper and Lisa Carguello from ICAN of Syracuse were featured on their local TV evening news talking about the rising cesarean rate and availability of VBACs. Says Lauren, “I was terrified but it was an amazing opportunity to help spread the word about the kind of support and information ICAN has to [...]

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 [...]

Cutting Less: VBAC Navajo Style

The National Institutes of Health VBAC conference is stirring up coverage all over the internet (including our own blog carnival) and in the press.  On Sunday, the New York Times published an astounding story about cesareans and VBACs at a Navajo hospital in Arizona.
As Washington debates health care, this small hospital in a dusty desert [...]

Rachael Ray’s Dr. Ian: VBAC Should be a Woman’s Choice

In case you missed it, talk show host Rachel Ray featured Joy Szabo’s fight for VBAC on her show yesterday. In a segment called “Going Too Far?” Medical Edition, Dr. Ian and Rachel discussed VBAC bans an the rights of women to choose whether or not they have a cesarean. See the video here:

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 [...]

More Than Just A Healthy Baby

Yesterday afternoon, Gina Crosley-Corcoran of ICAN of DuPage, and Danielle Elwood from ICAN of Connecticut sat down with Karen Angstadt on her weekly radio show A Labor of Love to talk about birth, cesarean sections, and how a healthy baby isn’t all that matters.
The show provides a multifaceted exploration of birth trauma, illustrated by Karen’s [...]

Mother-sized Activism: Tell NBC What You Think!

Welcome, birth advocates, to our third installment of the “Mother-Sized Activism” feature on this blog, where we take an issue and put the relevant information together so you can grab a few minutes out of your day and help make a real difference. So many of us can get overwhelmed thinking of all the work [...]

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 [...]