The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a nonprofit organization that was founded by Esther Booth Zorn in 1982.
ICAN's Mission Statement: To improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).
The Nashville BirthNetwork is based on the belief that birth can profoundly affect our physical, mental and spiritual well-being. By making informed choices and having confidence in the process, families can experience safe and satisfying childbirth. Meetings take place the first Monday of each month from 6:30p.m. to 8:30p.m.
The percentage of births in cesarean deliveries rose nearly 60 percent from 1996 through 2009. Following a small decline in the rate from 2009 to 2010 (32.9 to 32.8 percent), the cesarean delivery rate was unchanged for 2010-2011.
Answers to common questions: Why is the decision between VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) and repeat c-section important?
Why do I hear conflicting information about VBAC vs repeat c-section?
How can this website help me learn about, decide on and plan for a VBAC or a repeat c-section?
If you have had a baby in the last 3 years, please take the time to visit this website and take the Birth Survey so that others may glean from your experiences and go on to make informed birth choices!
In our culture, there has been a tendency to turn pregnancy and childbirth into a medical experience. One intervention can lead to another in a cascading sequence of questionable procedures, many made necessary only because of a previous intervention.