ICAN of Lake County

Prevention. Recovery. Advocavy.

                       Welcome to ICAN of Lake County, IL

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.




Many Women

Many Visions

One Scar

One Purpose








ICAN Support Meetings are open to all mothers who are: 


  • Looking for help with cesarean recovery
  • Interested in learning about local VBAC options 
  • First-time moms who want to avoid a 1st cesarean
  • Seeking a safe & supportive environment to process a traumatic or disappointing surgical birth experience
  • Facing a medically necessary cesarean and would like more information on planning a family-centered "Gentle Cesarean"
  • Hoping to make a planned cesarean the best it can be



April is Cesarean Awareness Month! 



The Cesarean Awareness Ribbon debuted in April of 2004 for Cesarean Awareness Month. The burgundy color of the ribbons represents birth and the wearing of the ribbon upside down symbolizes the state of distress many pregnant women find themselves in when their birthing choices are limited. The loop of the inverted ribbon represents a pregnant belly and the tails are the arms of a woman outstretched in a cry for help.  


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We are a proud member of the 
International Cesarean Awareness Network!


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.




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