The International Cesarean Awareness Network is a non-profit with goals to serve educate, support, and advocate for maternity consumers throughout the world.
ICAN of the Quad Cities is a chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by reducing preventable cesareans through education, supporting cesarean recovery, and advocating for vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).
Disclaimer: All of the content provided on this website, including text, outcomes, charts, webinars, graphics, photographs, and images, are for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The content is not intended to establish a standard of care to be followed by a user of the website. You should always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health. ICAN is a peer-to-peer support group and does not provide medical services or advice.
Who should attend ICAN of the Quad Cities monthly meetings?
* Persons planning to become pregnant, currently pregnant, or postpartum seeking information about informed options, informed consent, informed refusal, and collaborative care.
* Persons seeking support for from other experienced pregnant persons about options for where to have your next baby.
* Persons seeking support from other experienced pregnant persons about choosing a primary birth delivery provider that might be the best fit for you?
* Persons seeking support and information for preventing a primary (1st) cesarean.
* Persons seeking support for a vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC).
* Persons seeking support for a cesarean birth after a cesarean (CBAC).
* Persons seeking support after Homebirth Cesarean (HC) planned out-of-hospital birth that ends in the hospital operating room.
* Persons seeking support for a home birth after cesarean (HBAC).
* Persons seeking support for vaginal birth after multiple cesareans (VBAMC).
* Persons seeking support during recovery from an unexpected outcome.
* Persons seeking support following a traumatic birth experience.
If you answered “YES” to one or more of the questions above, then ICAN of the Quad Cities peer-to-peer support is the place for you.
Did you know monthly meetings are always FREE? ICAN membership is NOT a requirement prior to attending ICAN of the Quad Cities monthly meetings and events? Join us for FREE monthly meetings, every 3rd Monday, 6:00-7:30pm, at the beautiful Butterworth Center 1105 8th Street, Moline, IL. 61265
ICAN of the Quad Cities monthly meetings, private Facebook Group, and public Facebook page may not be used for the purpose of networking by birth-workers, primary care providers, businesses, etc. ICAN of the Quad Cities does not allow birth workers, or persons working the maternity care industry to attend monthly meetings. Unless said person in is need of support for ones childbearing year. Taking this step has ensured pregnant and postpartum persons are able to participate in a peer-to-peer manner, which ICAN strives to promote.
ICAN of the Quad Cities FREE monthly meetings are family friendly. Childcare not provided. Monthly meeting subjects, discussions, and featured videos may include sensitive conversations and material not suitable for children. Discretion is advised. Monthly meetings are NOT intended for the purpose of preparing children for childbirth.
ICAN of the Quad Cities Chapter offers support, education, and advocacy with a non-judgmental, safe, and confidential atmosphere. Monthly meeting subjects include avoiding a primary (1st) cesarean, recovering from cesarean, planning a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), planning for cesarean birth after cesarean (CBAC), birth trauma recovery, and so much more.
ICAN of the Quad Cities monthly meetings may NOT be used for the purpose of networking by birth-workers, medical care providers, midwives, doulas, childbirth educators, businesses, etc.
Monthly meetings are FREE and family friendly. Childcare not available. Meetings are not intended for the purpose of preparing children for birth.
Have questions? Contact an ICAN of the Quad Cities representative at:
Join TODAY! www.ican-online.org/join
Did you know that a portion of your ICAN membership will stay with our ICAN of Quad Cities Chapter? Begin by clicking the JOIN ICAN button in the upper right hand corner of the website page. Choose a membership (individual or professional), fill in your information and remember to type in ICAN of the Quad Cities as your local Chapter resource. It’s easy and secure!
ICAN Mission Statement
The international Cesarean Awareness Network is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by reducing preventable cesareans through education, supporting cesarean recovery, and advocating for vaginal birth.
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2023 Monthly Meetings & Special Events
Date: 3rd Monday of each month
Location: Butterworth Center – Orchid Room, 1105 8th Street, Moline, IL. 61265
01/16/22 10 Birth Provider RED FLAGS
Monthly meeting event link bit.ly/3ZrJmMB
Join us to learn about RED FLAGS, choosing and changing maternity providers, OB-GYN or midwife. Degrees and certifications on the wall of an office doesn’t ensure a good fit for your pregnancy journey. The journey to meeting you baby is something you will always remember; it is likely a busy or non-compliant maternity provider will not.
It is never too late to transfer your care to maternity provider willing to respectfully support you and the informed options you have in mind for your care. There’s no binding contract forcing you stay with the first (second, or third) provider. Join us on Monday night for more information about how to find the right fit for you.
02/20/23 During my maternity care they said what? Event link bit.ly/40g0sO9
Intimidation – Gaslighting – Coercion – Bullying – Misinformation
Once it has been said, what should I do with the comment? Did you know we offer support for this and so much more? Join us at the next monthly meeting as we share stories and comments said to us by maternity care providers and nurses. Watch this event page for more unbelievable but true comments said to folks behind the closed doors of offices, in labor rooms, and during cesareans!
03/20/23 Let’s talk about obstetric violence. What is it? How does it happen? How to prevent it from happening to you.
04/17/23 You Have Options – ICAN Cesarean Awareness Month 2023
05/15/23 ICAN if the Quad Cities is on Spring break this month.
06/19/23 ICAN if the Quad Cities is on Spring break this month.
07/17/23 1st FREE Childbirth Class
The agenda for our 1st FREE 2 1/2 hour session
– choosing the right team for you
– physiology of labor and birth
– variations of normal pregnancy, labor, birth
– what are routine interventions in different birth settings (risks, benefits, and alternatives)
– common birth “hijackers”
Butterworth Center, 1105 8th Street, Moline, IL.
2 ½ Hour Childbirth Ed Series 2nd Session
FREE Childbirth Ed Series Sponsored by ICAN of the Quad Cities
- 2nd Session Agenda
– Review of previous session
– 5 Senses of labor and birth
– Hormones of labor
– Stages and phases of labor & birth
– Undisturbed labor
– Medications for labor
– Cesarean prevention
– VBAC options
– Cesarean options
– What is gaslighting, coercion, and bullying in maternity care?
Butterworth Center, 1105 8th Street, Moline, IL.
2 ½ Hour Childbirth Ed Series 3rd Session
FREE Childbirth Ed Series Sponsored by ICAN of the Quad Citie
10/23/23 Monthly Meeting
• “not allowed”
• “have to”
• “need to ask permission”
• “you don’t understand what we need to do for you”
• “I wouldn’t tell you to do something that is bad for you”
• “trust me, I know what’s best for you and baby”
• “stop researching on the internet”
• “we’ll decide that together at a later time”
• “your going to want drugs”
• “you don’t want your baby to die”
• “I’ll let you know when it’s time to be concerned”
• “when I deliver your baby I will”
• “when the doctor delivers your baby”
• “I will schedule you for induction”
• ”too much information is not helpful”
• “protocol must be followed”
11/20/23 Holiday’s due dates nd labor inductions – Making informed decisions
12/18/23 Holiday’s due dates and labor inductions -Making informed decisions
Due to popular demand, we will feature “Holiday’s, Due Dates & Labor Inductions – Making Informed Decisions” for the November and December monthly meetings.
ICAN of the Quad Cities Leadership
Linda Crownover-Inch, Chapter Leader