Saturday, April 7, 2012

Cesarean Awareness Month

April is Cesarean Awareness Month!

Sponsored by the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN). Check our their suggested advocacy recommendations:

Be an Advocate for Women

  • Search ICAN’s Hospital VBAC Policy Database to find out if your local hospital bans VBACs or not.
  • Does your local hospital have a VBAC ban in place?  Please contact ICAN with a short description of your situation and any specifics about the situation.
  • Write your elected officials. We provide template letters for your use and links for you to easily contact your specific legislators, as well as recommendations for who to write about Health issues.
  • Ready to start reversing VBAC bans?  Read 50 Ways to Protest a VBAC Denial and contact Barbara Stratton, ICAN’s VBAC Ban Chair.
  • Unhappy with how you were treated while in the hospital?  You might think you have no options but you do.  Read ICAN’s primer on how to file complaints about your maternity care.
  • Have you lost or been refused medical insurance because of a previous cesarean?  Please contact your state insurance commissioner to file a complaint and if you are willing to speak to the media, contact the ICAN Advocacy Director.

Check out this Public Service Announcement for more info on Cesareans and Vaginal Birth After Cesarean:

Also, raise awareness of what is happening with C-sections in the U.S. by sharing these publically available hospital cesarean rates.

How to Avoid a Cesarean Section

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