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Volume 35 ~*~ 28 February 2007

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In The News

  • Bill could threaten midwifery profession

    Just about a year after direct-entry midwives were granted licensing rights by the state, a new measure moving through the Utah Legislature would strike a fatal blow to the profession if signed into law, home birth advocates say.

  • Planned Cesareans Not Risk-Free, Group Warns

    Pregnant women considering a cesarean section, with no clear medical reason for it, should know that the procedure is not without risk, Canadian doctors caution in a report published this week.

  • Warning on 'boutique ultrasounds'

    The FDA has said: "Although there is no evidence that these physical effects can harm the foetus, public health experts, clinicians and industry agree that casual exposure to ultrasound, especially during pregnancy, should be avoided."

  • Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Not the Cause of Health Care Crisis, Public Citizen Report Shows

    Despite claims by business and medical lobbying interests and the Bush administration, there is no medical malpractice lawsuit crisis in America, according to analysis released recently by Public Citizen.

In The Research

From the Women of ICAN

The Incredible Post of the Month from the ICAN yahoogroup comes to us from thebartons@sbcglobal.net">Becky. Becky sends us a sample email/letter we can use to encourage showings of the powerful film Pregnant in America: A Nation's Miscarriage at our local theaters.

I just emailed my local independent movie theater and asked them to show this movie when it becomes available. I offered to advertise through local moms groups, cesarean networks and midwives to generate a great attendance!

Let's see what happens!

Go to the company's website and click on Contact Us. I would send it to the highest person listed. It's also worth copying the Head Office if
applicable/possible. I've had better results that way - I recently
complained about inappropriate trailers shown before a PG movie, and through
the Head Office they agreed and pulled the trailers from that movie at all
of their movie theaters!

This is the email I sent to the Manager of the local Alamo Drafthouse.

"I know you do one-off specials showings. I think its a great idea and
we've been to many in Katy & West Oaks.

Is it possible to show this movie when it becomes available?

I can advertise through the local moms groups, cesarean networks and
midwifery groups to ensure we get great attendance!

Pregnant in America: A Nation's Miscarriage

"Pregnant in America examines the betrayal of humanity's greatest
gift--birth--by the greed of U.S. corporations. Hospitals, insurance
companies and other members of the healthcare industry have all pushed aside
the best care of our infants and mothers to play the power game of raking in
huge profits.

His wife pregnant, first-time filmmaker Steve Buonaugurio sets out to create
a film that will expose the underside of the U.S. childbirth industry and
help end its neglectful exploitation of pregnancy and birth.

Pregnant in America is the controversial story of life's greatest miracle in
the hands of a nation's most powerful interests."

Thank you for your consideration

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Come here the good news about VBAC from Dr. Mark Landon, primary author of the first large-scale American prospective study on vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).

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CEUs applied for from ICEA, DONA and MEAC!

Get Active


When you are searching online, go to www.goodsearch.com and type in "International Cesarean Awareness Network" as the organization to support. ICAN's main address is Redondo Beach, which should pop up automatically (typing "ICAN" won't get it to come up). Each search gives .01 to ICAN. Doesn't sound like much, but the pennies add up!


Another great way to earn money for ICAN without any extra effort is to route your Amazon.com purchases through the icon on the ICAN website. Just click on the icon at the bottom of the Recommended Reading List page, and you're helping ICAN while you shop!

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Props this month to: Those who research, those who send in submissions, and those who bring cups of tea.

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ICAN's mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC). This newsletter is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a qualified birth professional.

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