Welcome to ICAN of Tampa

We meet the Second Monday of every month at 7:00 pm in THREE locations:

Balance Chiropractic
2185 Logan Street
Clearwater, FL

Totally Chiropractic, Inc.
3605 Madaca Lane
Tampa, FL 33618

Lakeland's Health and Family Chiropractic
203 Doris Drive
Lakeland, FL 33813


Meetings 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!

For more information, email or call one of our chapter leaders:

Melissa Taylor, leader of Tampa meetings: (727) 515-0846
Melissa Goodnow, leader of Clearwater meetings: (727) 417-7240
Heather Esteves, leader of Clearwater meetings: (727) 433-0213
Jessica Guerard, leader of Lakeland meetings: (863) 221-1910
Amy Allison, leader of Lakeland meetings:( 412) 715-7856

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ICAN 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/

ICAN’s Statement of Beliefs

We, the International Cesarean Awareness Network, believe that:

1. The inappropriate over use of cesarean surgery is jeopardizing the lives of mothers and babies.

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 procedures.

8. It is incumbent upon every care provider and institution to facilitate the informed consent process.

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 and recovery.

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 respected.



Banner photograph courtesy of Patricia Cannon, Sweet Plum Photography

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