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Mission Statement

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).

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ICANoN Leaders

Chapter Leader: Lindsey Seger

Co-Leader: Ann Marie Walsh

Secretary: Katie Dunning

Social Chair: Jenne Nesbitt-Decker

The Int'l Cesarean Awareness Network believes that...

  • The inappropriate over use of cesarean surgery is jeopardizing the lives of mothers and babies.


  • When a cesarean is necessary, it can be a lifesaving technique for both mother and baby, and worth the risks involved.


  • Birth is a normal physiological process. Research shows that with emotional support, education, and an honest opprotunity, the vast majority of women can have a healthy vaginal birth.


  • A healthy birth incorporates emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.


  • Research shows that VBAC is reasonable and  safe for both mother and baby. A repeat cesarean should never be considered  routine- it is major abdominal surgery with many risks.


  • It is unethical and unenforceable for hospitals to institute VBAC bans. Women have the right to refuse any procedure, including a cesarean.


  • Women have the right to true informed consent and refusal, which entails full knowledge of the risks and benefits of all tests, drugs, and procedures.


  • It is incumbent upon every care provider and institution to facilitate the informed consent process.


  • Women must be allowed to express all their birth related feelings in a safe and supportive environment. The emotions of a pregnant and birthing woman have profound effects on the birth outcome and recovery.


  • It is unethical for a physician to recommend and/or perform non-medically indicated cesareans (elective) . Women are not being fully informed of the risks of this option in childbirth, and therefore make decisions based on cultural myth and fear surrounding childbirth.


  • The trend of “elective cesareans” is being significantly overstated through distortion of research and data.


  • We as women must now assume more responsibility for our own births. 


  • It is critical that women’s choice of care provider and location of birth be respected.


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