Birthrights Video

Have you seen Al Jazeera’s new documentary – “Birthrights” – about cesarean and VBAC in the United States? It features ICAN of Atlanta and others in our birthing community. Check it out!

No One Truly Benefits from Defensive Medicine

This is a cross-post from The Unnecesarean, which is in the midst of a fantastic series on defensive medicine. If you haven’t been reading the posts in this series, you can get caught up here. By Desirre Andrews, President of ICAN A woman’s pregnancy should be a positive time as... Continue reading →

Rise of unnecessary cesareans

MyHealthNewsDaily recently reported on the rising rate of cesareans, especially among first-time mothers. “The most concerning problem is the high rate in first-time mothers,” said Dr. Jun Zhang, a medical researcher at the National Institutes of Health and co-author of a new report on cesarean delivery practices. In his study,... Continue reading →

Not too posh, but still pushed

A recent study published in the British Medical Journal has been making headlines in TIME and Salon, among other outlets. Headlines herald the findings as proof that women are “not too posh to push” and can’t be blamed for the rising cesarean rate. Instead, women are having cesareans for “medical... Continue reading →

Disrespect and abuse in facility-based childbirth

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has published a report on disrespect and abuse in facility-based childbirth around the world. From the Executive Summary: Lack of respectful and non-abusive care at birth may encompass many points along a continuum that spans dignified, patient centered care, non-dignified care, and... Continue reading →