I wanted to pass along a letter from ICAN about Cesarean Awareness Month (April). ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) is a wonderful organization and I am so thankful for the wonderful work it does. I am also completely psyched that the ICAN conference is going to be in St. Louis next year--St. Louis is only about two hours drive for me and I am SO THERE for this conference! I have been an ICAN member for about two years now and I have really enjoyed several of their webinars.
When I think about Cesarean Awareness Month, I think of all the cesareans that don't happen when women receive the Midwives Model of Care. I also think about the rising cesarean rate--preliminary data is out and the rate as increased again to 32.3%.
Anyway, below is the letter from ICAN!
Dear friend of ICAN,
Thank you for your continued support of ICAN's mission! In honor of Cesarean Awareness Month, I invite you to do something concrete to show your commitment to moms and babies everywhere. I encourage you to become an ICAN subscriber or renew your subscription by visiting the ICAN Bookstore or contacting your local chapter today.
Cesarean Awareness Month is the perfect time to subscribe to ICAN. In addition to reduced subscription rates, we will be offering three fantastic webinars, all of which are free to ICAN subscribers:
- Cesarean Scar Care in the Post-Partum Period: Sunday, April 11 at 7 pm EDT.
- ICAN Birth Class: Cesarean Prevention: Tuesday, April 20 at 9 pm EDT
- ICAN Birth Class: Journey to VBAC, date TBA
As always, ICAN subscribers also receive the Clarion, ICAN's quarterly print newsletter and discounts to the ICAN Bookstore and the ICAN Conference. Professional subscribers enjoy a free listing on ICAN's Professional Subscriber Network, and Childbearing Years and Lifetime subscribers will receive a special mention in the next Clarion. Subscribers who participate in our online forums also receive public recognition by means of special ribbons every time they post.
ICAN is an all-volunteer organization working tirelessly to improve maternal-child health. Through the financial support of our subscribers, we have been able to:Provide support through over 130 chapters in the US, Canada and around the world, through our 1-800 number and through our online forums
- Provide evidence-based information through our website
- Increase awareness of cesarean and VBAC issues through our blog and social networking sites.
- Offer live, interactive online webinars to educate health care consumers and professionals
- Send ICAN representatives to our nation's capital to bring light to insurance discrimination due to cesarean as a "pre-existing condition"
- Send ICAN representatives to conferences around the US to raise awareness of cesarean and VBAC issues