ICAN Signs Amicus Curiae Briefing on Forced Cesareans

The International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) recently signed an amicus curiae briefing in support of Plaintiff Rinat Dray in the Rinat Dray v. Staten Island University Hospital, et. al case against forced cesareans. This briefing, which presented 50 stories of mothers who wanted to share their experiences of obstetric abuse within the maternity... Continue reading →

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 →

VBAC Bans in Illinois

ICAN President Desirre Andrews was quoted today in the Chicago Tribune. The article discusses VBAC bans in Illinois and the overuse of repeat cesareans (ERCS). Repeat C-sections have become so routine that 90 percent of pregnant women who have the surgery give birth that way again. That is a concern... Continue reading →

Whither the rights of pregnant women?

Samantha Burton’s legal battle to appeal a judge’s ruling that confined her to a hospital’s care and, ultimately, the cesarean birth of a her stillborn baby, continues to garner national media attention. The Washington Post reports: And six months after the pregnancy ended, the dispute over the legal move to... Continue reading →

VBAC: Is it Safe? (VIDEO)

Thanks to Cesarean Epidemic for posting this video of Dr. Stuart Fischbein discussing the relative safety and risks of VBAC vs. repeat cesarean. He also touches on informed consent and ACOG.