Join us each month to learn how you can decrease your chances of having an unnecessary c-section, get support for cesarean recovery, find a listening ear to help you process a traumatic or disappointing birth experience and learn about local options for VBAC.
ICAN Support Meetings are open to all mothers who are:
March 9, 2014 - Sunday
~ Open Forum ~
When: Sunday, March 9, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Lake Bluff, IL 60099
The address & directions will be sent to those who RSVP.
For more info on this ICAN meeting, check out our Facebook event listing.
To RSVP & get directions, call us or email ICANofLakeCounty@gmail.com
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).
ICAN of Lake County was founded to bring cesarean prevention and education back into Lake County. The state of Illinois has a cesarean rate around 30%, even though the World Health Organization suggest that a rate of 5-10% is optimal for the health of mother and baby. They also state that a rate above 15% does more harm than good.
Most mothers are healthy and have good reason to anticipate uncomplicated childbirth. Cesarean section is major surgery and increases the likelihood of many short and longer term adverse effects for mothers and babies.
About Cesareans: ICAN recognizes that when a cesarean is medically necessary, it can be a lifesaving technique for both mother and baby, and worth the risks involved.
Potential risks to babies include: low birth weight, prematurity, respiratory problems, and lacerations.
Potential risks to women include: hemorrhage, infection, hysterectomy, surgical mistakes, re-hospitalization, dangerous placental abnormalities in future pregnancies, unexplained stillbirth in future pregnancies and increased percentage of maternal death.