What does an ICAN meeting look like?
ICAN meetings may look very different all around the world. ICAN meetings are based on the needs and resources of the surrounding community and open to the public free of charge. These meetings are founded on ICAN’s mission : to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC). This means there is something for every childbearing woman, not just cesarean moms.
A typical meeting may include educational and support topics or consist of sharing birth stories in a safe place with an understanding audience. There are lots of tears and hugs, laughter and reassurance! Guest speakers may also offer presentations related to ICAN’s mission. Because there is such a variety of support, it is suggested you attend more than one meeting before deciding if it is the right fit for you.
Chapters may choose to have meetings tailored for a specific audience. An example would be a “cesarean recovery” or “bring your partner” meeting. These are not meant to exclude, but rather offer much needed support that might not happen in regular meetings. It is important to remember that you will encounter women from various points in their birth journeys, all of whom are seeking support from ICAN.
If there is not a chapter in your area, please contact the Regional Coordinator for your area. They may be able to help you find local support. Additionally, you can join a nearby chapter’s Facebook page or group for online support. Please check out our additional online support options under the “Support” heading.
If you would like to start a chapter in your area, please visit our Starting a Chapter page for more information.