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ICAN Cesarean Awareness Month 2016

Organized by International Cesarean Awareness Network
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Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirt

Help us raise awareness of the cesarean epidemic in the U.S.!

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All funds raised will go directly to INTERNATIONAL CESAREAN AWARENESS NETWORK
$690 raised
60 items sold of
150 goal
Thanks to our supporters!
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Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirt, Unisex - Dark Heather
Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirt
Unisex - Dark Heather
Organized by International Cesarean Awareness Network

About this campaign

Did you know that currently in the U.S., 1 in 3 children, are born by cesarean? ICAN seeks to promote the lowering of the cesarean rate as recommended by health organizations by offering support, education, and advocacy to birthing women.

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).

Statement of Beliefs

We, the International Cesarean Awareness Network, believe that:

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

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

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

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

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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

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

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

Supporters

Heather McCullough CPM 1 item
Faye Strauch 1 item
Rachelle M. Mojica 1 item

The first time I gave birth was not the experience I thought it would be. If I would've educated myself more, I firmly believe that I would've had my son as a normal vaginal birth. I ended up having a csection and vowed the next time wouldn't be the

Sarah Oldre 1 item
Elizabeth Belden Handler 1 item
Christa Billings 1 item
Brandy Taylor Terry 1 item
Jessica Guerard 1 item
Rebecca N. 1 item

ICAN helped me on my journey to healing from a cesarean & helped me learn what I needed to know to advocate for myself & the VBAC I wanted. Thank you ICAN!

The Iowa Baby Lady 1 item + $10

Thanks for all you do for women in our community! We love ICAN!

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