VBAC Class Registration Open!

Deciding if VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) is right for you?  Then join International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) of NOVA chapter leaders at the Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington on April 29 from 6-8pm for a class on the topic of VBAC. You will learn about the benefits for mothers and babies, take a closer look at the benefits and risks of repeat cesareans, learn strategies for labor and birth, discuss the psychological and emotional issues, and gain information on choosing a health care provider, birth location, and support team (like doulas!).

The class is by donation in honor of Cesarean Awareness Month (CAM) and proceeds will benefit the nonprofits ICAN of NOVA and the Breastfeeding Center.

Register today at Can I VBAC? Yes, ICAN!



ACOG Opinion on Movement in Labor and Family-Friendly Cesareans

In the February 2019 ACOG Community Opinion, ACOG revised a number of their guidelines. Highlighted below are several points that can benefit women seeking an empowered birth.

Read more: ACOG Opinion on Movement in Labor and Family-Friendly Cesareans

Facebook Group Update

ICAN of Northern Virginia started our first private Facebook group several years ago as an alternative for parents who were unable to attend meetings. In that time, we've grown to more than 350 members! We have worked hard to provide online support in an environment where parents feel safe sharing their experiences - both positive and negative - without fear of judgement or reprisal.

Read more: Facebook Group Update

Call for birth stories!

If you've given birth in the Greater DC Metro Area, including MD, DC, VA and beyond, we'd like to publish your birth story on our website! Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your written story, along with any pictures you're comfortable sharing, and we'll get it posted and shared with our members. Birth stories are a powerful way to connect and learn from others' experiences. Birth as represented in pop culture is so far from what actually happens, that your story will help women learn and experience second-hand the wide range of what it's like to give birth in our area.

Thanks for your support!

February is CBAC Awareness Month

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

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