April is here, and with it warmer weather and beautiful flowers in the Northern Virginia area! Every April, ICAN celebrates Cesarean Awareness Month to bring awareness to our mission and vision, which is:
- Mission Statement
The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).
- Vision Statement
A reduction in the cesarean rate driven by women assuming responsibility for their healthcare by making evidence-based, risk appropriate childbirth decisions.
You can read the full statement of beliefs on ICAN's website.
In our local area, we are still dealing with a higher-than-average c-section rate, and lower-than-average VBAC rate. Providers that will support VBACs from beginning to end are a rarity, and even rarer are those who support VBAmC. We have a lot of work to do to change the birth climate, and we'd love your help!
Cesarean Awareness Month/Accreta Awareness Blood Drives
As part of reconizing the importance of blood donations for mothers who experience complications with pregnancy and birth, we are happy to announce the 3rd Annual Hope for Accreta/ICAN Blood drives. This year we'll have TWO locations in Northern Virginia, so you can donate where it's most convenient to you:
Click the location names to learn more. We'll have some great door prizes, plus a kids' crafts table by Arts on the Horizon at the Alexandria blood drive! We hope to see you there!
Support ICAN During CAM!
We can always use your financial support to continue helping mothers in our area and provide resources and education for those seeking healing and VBAC access. You can donate directly to our chapter or become a member. ICAN offers special CAM-only discounts, so now is the time to join! Check out the graphic below which details the special membership discounts to celebrate Cesarean Awareness Month:
Share our message
Another great way to spread the word about CAM is to help us spread the message on social media. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter, where throughout April we'll be posting graphics and statistics to help raise awareness. Please follow us and share with your friends and followers!
Attend a meeting
Check out our Meetings & Events page for the latest on our upcoming meetings. In-person support is where ICAN truly stands out from other organizations, and its a great way to brainstorm ideas for getting our message in front of more people!