Cesarean Awareness Month

This post is a little late, but better late than never! Did you know April is Cesarean Awareness Month? It is time to raise awareness about unnecessary c-sections, the record-high cesarean rate, a woman’s right to informed consent and the option for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean).

If you’ve experienced a c-section or even if you had a vaginal birth, but were unhappy with your experience or if you just want to learn more about birth options, ICAN is a fantastic group. There is a yahoo email group (ICAN) you can join for free and you can visit their website and become a member or find a chapter in your area.

I mentioned before that I’m starting an ICAN chapter where I live as co-leader with another wonderful lady who already co-leads another chapter in a nearby city. ICAN Mission Statement: The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a non-profit 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).

The ICAN website discusses some ways you can advocate for women and one I’m choosing to do right now is filing a complaint about my birth experience in the hospital. Will one letter make a difference? Probably not. But a lot of letters can. A lot of letters attract attention. A lot of letters make people start thinking. If you were unhappy with the way hospital staff treated you, I urge you to use your voice, stand up and speak out. “It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can do only a little. Do what you can.”

If interested, there’s a webinar on Sunday, April 11th, grom 7:00-8:30pm titled Cesarean Scar Care in the Post-Partum Period. Learn techniques for relief from pain, itching, burning, and tingling, Learn how to restore abdominal muscles and posture. It’s free for ICAN subscribers, just click on that link to register.

Show your support for Cesarean Awareness Month by adding a Twibbon to twitter and/or facebook–I did!

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