At ICAN – we support families as they work to advocate for themselves. With cesarean rates at all time highs – we 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.
- Advocacy and education have helped consumers to reverse VBAC bans at local hospitals.
- Advocacy and education have increased access to options involved in family centered cesareans.
- 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!
- Accreta Awareness Month – every October!
- CBAC Awareness Month – every February
- Partnership with the following films: Trial of Labor and Freedom for Birth
- Chapters throughout the world attend expos to bring awareness to topics surrounding cesareans and VBAC.
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.
- Become an ICAN Volunteer
- Unhappy with how you were treated while in the hospital? Getting your medical records and reviewing the details can be very helpful in the healing process. You can also file a complaint with the hospital administrative department. They can’t fix the problem if they don’t know it is happening!
- If your hospital has a VBAC Ban in place, you have the option to file a formal grievance with the hospital’s administration department. You would need to type a complaint, print, sign, and deliver to the administrative 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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