Call for 2011 ICAN Conference Speakers!

ICAN (the International Cesarean Awareness Network) is hosting its biannual conference April 8-10, 2011 during Cesarean Awareness Month, at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac in St. Louis, Missouri.

The ICAN conference is a unique opportunity for speakers, as it brings both the consumer and the birth professional to learn and grow together. Rising cesarean rates worldwide have sparked rapid growth of ICAN, an all-volunteer, consumer-based organization working to improve maternal-child health.

ICAN’s Conference Committee is assembling an agenda that will appeal to consumers, birth professionals, and birth activists alike. Our goals for the conference are:

* Invoke passion, action and ability in women to change the current childbirth climate.
* Bridge the communication gap between care providers and pregnant women.
* Inform care providers and women of methods for avoiding a cesarean.
*  Encourage women to empower themselves for birth.

ICAN conference attendees and chapter leaders will return home energized to share their information with local moms, birth activists and the general public.  Speakers enjoy increased exposure to their ideas and their organizations and gain opportunities to market their books or products to a highly desirable audience.

If you have special expertise in topics related to pregnancy, birth and/or post-partum issues as it relates to cesarean prevention, cesarean recovery or VBAC support, please consider submitting a proposal following the guidelines in the application.  We want to meet you in St. Louis!

The submission deadline for speaker applications is September 30, 2010.

For additional information, please contact Ruthie Dicken, Speaker Chair, at


  1. Kristen August 31, 2010 9:21 pm  Reply

    Where is the application?

  2. blog August 31, 2010 9:44 pm  Reply

    I just added a link in the post. Here it is.

  3. katie September 6, 2010 8:18 pm  Reply

    i would love to hear someone speak on the possibility of VBAC after a special scars. a year ago i had a beautiful vba3c after an inverted T incision. there is such little information out there it would be great for ICAN to call some attention to this and give us mamas with special scars a voice!!

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