The International Cesarean Awareness Network is a nonprofit organization founded in 1982. ICAN works to lower the rate of unnecessary cesareans, supports vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and encourages positive birthing through education and advocacy.

As the Northern Virginia chapter, we support women in the Greater Washington DC area. We meet once a month in different locations in Northern Virginia and try to mix nighttime and weekend meetings to allow everyone the opportunity to attend. Meetings offer in-person support so each attendee can share stories of triumph or trauma with those who can understand or get advice.

Meetings are free and open to the public and we welcome moms, especially first-time moms, dads, caregivers, birth educators, grandparents, and anyone else who can offer support or advice to mothers who wish to avoid unnecessary c-sections, or heal from past experiences.

We do encourage frequent attendees to consider becoming members of the ICAN of NOVA chapter. Member dues pay for administrative costs, advocacy materials, and to send our group leaders to the annual ICAN conference. Learn more about the benefits of joining ICAN.

Our chapter leaders are volunteer moms who feel passionately about cesarean awareness and prevention. Learn more about them here.

As a nonprofit, we rely on your generosity to continue spreading the message and offering support. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to ICAN of Northern Virginia today!

About ICAN

The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a nonprofit 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). Learn More About ICAN