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International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a
nonprofit organization that was founded by Esther Booth Zorn in
To improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans
through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and
promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).
A healthy reduction of the cesarean rate driven by women making
evidence-based, risk appropriate childbirth decisions.
the International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc., believe that:
inappropriate over use of cesarean surgery is jeopardizing
the lives of mothers and babies.
When a cesarean is necessary, it can be a lifesaving technique
for both mother and baby, and worth the risks involved.
is a normal physiological process. Research shows that with
emotional support, education, and an honest opportunity, the
vast majority of women can have a healthy vaginal birth.
A healthy birth incorporates emotional, physical, and spiritual
Research shows that VBAC is reasonable and safe for both mother
and baby. A repeat cesarean should never be considered routine–
it is major abdominal surgery with many risks.
It is unethical and unenforceable for hospitals to institute
VBAC bans. Women have the right to refuse any procedure, including
have the right to true informed consent and refusal, which
entails full knowledge of the risks and benefits of all tests,
drugs, and procedures.
It is incumbent upon every care provider and institution to
facilitate the informed consent process.
Women must be allowed to express all their birth related feelings
in a safe and supportive environment. The emotions of a pregnant
and birthing woman have profound effects on the birth outcome
It is unethical for a physician to recommend and/or perform
non-medically indicated cesareans (elective). Women are not
being fully informed of the risks of this option in childbirth,
and therefore make decisions based on cultural myth and fear
The trend of “elective cesareans” is being significantly
overstated through distortion of research and data.
We as women must now assume more responsibility for our own
is critical that women’s choice of care provider and
location of birth is respected.
to learn more about ICAN.