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.
Thanks for your support!
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!