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, policy makers, administrators, and birth professionals – making sure that the voices of consumers are heard, and that key decision makers can better understand the often complicated issues surrounding cesarean and VBAC.
- ICAN’s VBAC Ban Database was referenced in the NIH Conference, and the attendance of our leadership at this event led to important changes in the ACOG VBAC guidelines.
- Many moms (and ICAN) have made the news while advocating for their rights in childbirth.
- Families have been able to connect with birth lawyers through ICAN when faced with court threatened/ordered cesareans or medical decisions.
- Advocacy and education have helped reverse VBAC bans at local hospitals.
- Advocacy and education have increased access to family centered cesarean.
- Networking with other birth organizations – By working together, we are a bigger voice to create change in the birth community.
- Cesarean Awareness Month – every April is designated as Cesarean Awareness Month!
- Partnership with the following films: Trial of Labor and Freedom for Birth
By working together, we can change the culture of birth!
Ways To Be An Advocate For Women, Families, and Yourself
- Search ICAN’s Hospital VBAC Policy Database to find out if your local hospital has a ban on VBAC or not.
- Write your elected officials. We provide template letters for your use and links for you to easily contact your specific legislators, as well as recommendations for who to write about Health issues.
- Read 50 Ways to Protest a VBAC Denial
- Become an ICAN Volunteer
- Unhappy with how you were treated while in the hospital? You might think you have no options but you do. Read ICAN’s primer on filing a Hospital Complaint about your maternity care.
- If your hospital has a VBAC Ban in place, you have the right to file a formal grievance with the hospital’s administration department. You would need to type a complaint, print, sign, and deliver to the admin office. If they respond to your request with an unfavorable answer, you can then take the information to the Joint Commission, or the state hospital association.
Questions to Ask Your Practitioner and hospital About Family Centered Cesareans:
Questions to Ask Your Practitioner AND Facility About VBAC:
Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Doula:
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