A CBAC (Cesarean Birth After Cesarean) occurs when a mother has a cesarean after working towards a VBAC. February is a month to honor those women and their experiences and emotions.
ICAN National has created a website specifically for CBAC support to help address the emotional aspect, physical healing, and the question of future VBACs.
Please know that all birth experiences and stories are welcome at our meetings. Through sharing and mutual respect we can support each other on our journeys.
Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.
- Helen Keller
Every year ICAN National sells a t-shirt as a part fundraiser/part awareness initiative. This year they are asking for members to submit potential designs!
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!
On Saturday, October 3, ICAN of Northern Virginia and Hope for Accreta, Northern Virginia Chapter, hosted an Inova Blood Donor Services blood drive to honor mothers who need blood after giving birth, raise awareness of placenta accreta and promote cesarean awareness.
We extend a warm thank you to all of those who took the time to attend the blood drive to donate blood and/or volunteer. We collected 44 units of blood products – which could potentially save 132 lives, some of which could be mothers like us who need blood after childbirth.
ICAN of Northern Virginia's Co-Leader, Lisa Keyser, was named Volunteer of the Month by ICAN National. Congratulations to Lisa on her hard work! The article is available in full on ICAN's blog, and has been posted below as well.
In an effort to acknowledge some of our amazing volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to offer support, education, and advocacy for the mothers in their area, the International Cesarean Awareness Network is pleased to announce Lisa Keyser as the June 2015 Volunteer of the Month.
Lisa Keyser, this month’s honoree, is a chapter leader with ICAN of Northern Virginia. During her time with ICAN of Northern Virginia, Lisa has helped to expand the reach of her chapter exponentially, helping to fulfill the need for access to support and information on VBAC options in her area.