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.
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.
Sunday, April 7, 2013 @ 1:30pm - Come Meet the Doulas!
CESAREAN AWARENESS MONTH: It’s ICAN of Lake County’s 5th anniversary! We will be holding a “Meet & Greet” with local doulas on April 7 from 1:30pm to 4pm in Zion. Have you considered adding a birth or postpartum doula to your birth team? This is a great opportunity for expectant moms & dads to meet several potential doulas at the same time. It also provides a networking opportunity for area doulas.
Learn about what doulas do, and the benefits of labor support both for moms planning to VBAC and for moms hoping to avoid a first surgical birth. Come share your previous experience with a doula, and acquaint yourself with doulas that serve the local community.
You never know; you may find the “perfect” match for your next birth!
April is internationally recognized as the month for increasing awareness about the impact of cesarean sections on mothers, babies, and families worldwide. In honor of Cesarean Awareness Month, professionals and families who join ICAN in April will also receive a discount on their subscription. Details: www.ICANofLakeCounty.webs.com or to RSVP & get directions, email ICANofLakeCounty@gmail.com
ICAN Subscriptions Are Reduced During Cesarean Awareness Month!
During April, ICAN subscriptions are reduced to $25 for basic subscribers and $50 for professionals. If you are up for renewal, or you would like to subscribe to ICAN for the first time, now is a great opportunity to take advantage of these discounted rates!
ICAN encourages you to support our local chapter in a special way by topping off your donations to the regular subscription amounts, $30 for basic subscriptions or $60 for professional subscriptions.
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.