ICAN Chapters Across the Country Rally to Improve Birth

ICAN President Christa Billings with her children at the Rally to Improve Birth in Portland, OR.

ICAN President, Christa Billings, with her children at the Rally to Improve Birth in Portland, OR.

ICAN chapters throughout the country participated in the 3rd annual “Rally to Improve Birth” yesterday and last weekend in an effort to bring attention to the cesarean rate in the United States as well as the issue of birth traumas.

ICAN of Huntsville at the Rally to Improve Birth in Huntsville, AL.

ICAN of Huntsville at the Rally to Improve Birth in Huntsville, AL.

With ICAN’s mission being to “improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC),” many chapters have found the two causes to be complimentary and have been participating as chapters in their local area since the rally’s inception three years ago. 

ICAN of Lee County at the Rally to Improve Birth in Florida.

ICAN of Lee County rallying to bring attention to the issue of forced cesarean and empowered birth in Florida.  More….

This year’s focus on birth trauma also struck a deep chord within the ICAN community, as many mothers who attend ICAN meetings come for the support offered to mothers who may have experienced trauma during a cesarean or vaginal birth.

ICAN of the Wiregrass rallying to bring awareness to the cesarean rate in Dothan, AL.

ICAN of the Wiregrass rallying to bring awareness to the cesarean rate in Dothan, AL.

 

ICAN is pleased to have participated in the Rally to Improve Birth by working cooperatively to support birthing mothers, advocate for change, and educate the public on the cesarean epidemic in the United States.

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