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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).

Being educated is an important part of childbirth preparation. Whether you’re trying to avoid a cesarean, plan a family centered cesarean, preparing for a VBAC, or just learning about your birth options – ICAN is here for you! Maybe you’ve heard this before, but there’s a phrase we adore that says: “If you don’t know your options – you don’t have any.” Read More >

After a difficult birth, parents must often cope with the physical and/or emotional scars left behind. Many parents are surprised to find out how stressful planning another pregnancy can also be! ICAN is here to listen and support you on your journey. Moms may face physical pain, emotional distress, regret, relief, fear, or any number of other challenges. Read More >

At ICAN – we support families as they work to advocate for themselves. With cesarean rates at all time highs – we as women must now assume more responsibility for our own births. As an organization, ICAN also advocates on behalf of the families in our communities – having critical conversations with international and regional organizations, researchers, Read More >


  • Announcing ICAN of Kings Bay, GA

    Please join me in welcoming ICAN of Kings Bay, GA

    Chapter Leader: Betsy Rambow
    Serving Camden and Glynn Counties, Georgia

    Thank you Betsy for bringing ICAN to your area and offering support to the community!

  • Announcing ICAN of Upstate, SC

    Please join me in welcoming ICAN of Upstate, SC

    Chapter Leader: Dana Patterson
    Serving Greenville and Upstate SC

    Thank you Dana for reviving ICAN in your area and offering support to the community!

  • Announcing ICAN of Inland Empire, CA

    Please join me in welcoming ICAN of Inland Empire

    Chapter Leader: Christina Johnson
    Co-Leaders: Renee Wegner, Kathie Neff
    Serving San Sernardino and Riverside Counties, California

    Thank you ladies for reviving ICAN in your area and offering support to the community!

  • Midwife Alliance of North America Names ICAN Chapter Leader the 2014 MANA Sapling Award Winner

    Gina Dacosta, chapter leader of ICAN Norte-Centro Puerto Rico, has been named the 2014 MANA Sapling Award winner by the Midwife Alliance of North America. She will be officially recognized at the annual convention which takes place this month in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Read more here…..

  • ICAN Announces Changes to the Board of Directors

    Read more here….


Become a Member of ICAN Today!

Through your gift of membership, we are able to spread our message and mission. We are able to help the thousands of women seeking support when they need it. Won’t you partner with us today?