ICAN of Nashville

  Education Support Advocacy 

Cesarean Awareness is important.

Too often these days, we skip the "cesarean birth" section of our childbirth education class or book, thinking that it won't happen to us. We do not discuss c-section rates with our doctors, nor do we discuss the things that might lead our doctor to suggest a cesarean. We do not even fully understand that some common interventions during our labor may increase our chances of having a cesarean. We believe that if we do end up with a cesarean section, it will have been absolutely necessary. But really, we all assume that it won't happen to us.


In 2007, nearly 1/3 (32%) of all births were by cesarean section. Cesarean deliveries have become a routine part of our culture, but women often do not fully realize the repercussions. It is major abdominal surgery, involving a longer recovery time and an increased rate of complications in mothers & newborns. Plus, it affects your next birth, from ease of getting pregnant to ease of finding a care provider who will support your decision for a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). It is not to be undertaken lightly.

ICAN of Nashville exists for YOU.

The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC). ICAN of Nashville lives out this mission by offering free monthly support and educational meetings for the community. We promote evidence-based information regarding pregnancy, birth and VBAC as well as offer emotional and educational support to mothers and families. We can support your attempt to have a normal physiological birth. If a cesarean becomes necessary, we can share options on how to make a needed cesarean a positive birth experience. We can advise you on ways to speed recovery. We can let you know what to expect after your surgery, and we can help you find a care provider who will support your choices for a VBAC.


ICAN of Nashville is here to provide you with evidence-based resources about cesarean birth, to help you in reaching the right decision for you. We are here just to talk. We are here so other women who have experienced cesarean births can come together. 

Contact us.

Have you had a cesarean and need support from other moms who've been there?

Do you want to learn how to prevent an unnecessary cesaraen?

Do you want to learn more about planning a VBAC?

Are you looking for information on planning a family-centered cesarean?

Do you want to promote normal, evidence-based birth practices in Middle TN?

If you answered 'Yes!' to any of these questions, you belong with ICAN!


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