are free and open to the public; you do not need
to be a member of ICAN to attend. Meetings are for
anyone who is pregnant, is planning to become pregnant,
has had a cesarean section, is planning a VBAC,
or just wants to know more. Partners, babies and
birth professionals are welcome. Tell your friends!
More information, contact one of our chapter leaders:
Taylor, (727) 515-0846
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of Tampa is a local chapter of the International
Cesarean Awareness Network, a non-profit organization
founded in 1982. ICAN’s mission is to prevent
unnecessary cesareans through education, to provide
support for cesarean recovery, and to promote VBAC.
For more information on ICAN, visit: http://ican-online.org/
We, the International Cesarean Awareness
Network, believe that:
1. The inappropriate over use of cesarean
surgery is jeopardizing the lives of mothers and
2. When a cesarean is necessary, it
can be a lifesaving technique for both mother and
baby, and worth the risks involved.
3. Birth is a normal physiological
process. Research shows that with emotional support,
education, and an honest opportunity, the vast majority
of women can have a healthy vaginal birth.
4. A healthy birth incorporates emotional,
physical, and spiritual well-being.
5. Research shows that VBAC is reasonable
and safe for both mother and baby. A repeat cesarean
should never be considered routine– it is
major abdominal surgery with many risks.
6. It is unethical and unenforceable
for hospitals to institute VBAC bans. Women have
the right to refuse any procedure, including a cesarean.
7. Women have the right to true informed
consent and refusal, which entails full knowledge
of the risks and benefits of all tests, drugs, and
8. It is incumbent upon every care
provider and institution to facilitate the informed
9. Women must be allowed to express
all their birth related feelings in a safe and supportive
environment. The emotions of a pregnant and birthing
woman have profound effects on the birth outcome
10. It is unethical for a physician
to recommend and/or perform non-medically indicated
cesareans (elective). Women are not being fully
informed of the risks of this option in childbirth,
and therefore make decisions based on cultural myth
and fear surrounding childbirth.
11. The trend of “elective cesareans”
is being significantly overstated through distortion
of research and data.
12. We as women must now assume more
responsibility for our own births.
13. It is critical that women’s
choice of care provider and location of birth is
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