Being educated is an important part of childbirth preparation. Whether you’re trying to avoid a cesarean, plan a family centered cesarean, preparing for a VBAC, or just learning about your birth options – ICAN is here for you!

Maybe you’ve heard this before, but there’s a phrase we adore that says:

“If you don’t know your options – you don’t have any.”

Being aware of your options gives you a better chance of:

  1. …reducing fear. Renowned birth professional Penny Simkin refers to EDUCATION, or knowledge as one of the “positive modifiers” of the “fear-tension-pain” cycle – which means that being educated can impact your birth for the better!
  2. …staying actively involved in the decision making process throughout your preconception, pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum.

Cheryl Beck’s 2004 study about birth trauma – “What Do Women Want” concludes that being actively involved in the process is a key factor in working for the birth you want, and creating a more positive experience – no matter what the outcome is! (

You won’t be able to learn everything about every possible situation that might come up for you. You will do the best you can, with the info you have, in the situation you are in, with the support that’s available.

Educational Resources


  1. FAQs about ICAN
  2. FAQs about VBAC

ICAN has put together a Reading List of birth related books to use as a resource.

ICAN is pleased to provide some of our previous Webinars as a benefit of membership. Old and New Webinars and Speaker Series Events are available only to paid, current members of ICAN. For more information about becoming a member visit the Join Page.

The National Accreta Foundation is an excellent resource!

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