Friday, September 19, 2014

10 Things You Can Do To Lower Your Chance of Having an Unnecessary Cesarean

1. Be aware that your choices in pregnancy and labor can have a BIG impact on your chance of having a cesarean. c-section-birth

2. Choose a care provider with a low cesarean rate and similar birth preferences to your's. 

3. Hire a doula. Studies show that this can lower your chance of a cesarean by up to 50%!

4. Choose positions in in pregnancy and labor that help your baby to get in the best position for an easier birth.

5. Read a lot of birth stories from woman with atypical labors to see how wide the range of normal is in labor.

6. Trust your body to birth your baby; it's what you are designed for!

7. Switch to a new care provider if you feel you are being led toward unnecessary intervention or a scheduled cesarean.

8. Avoid common hospital procedures that increase your chances of a cesarean, like induction, epidurals, pitocin, or breaking the bag of waters.

9. Be informed. When faced with any (routine or emergency) procedure, ask:
    Why it is being done in my case?
    What are the short and long term effects on me and my baby?
    What are my other options?

10. Last but not least, contact your friendly ICAN of Jackson chapter for more information and       support! We hold free monthly support/educational meetings. Contact us for more     

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A glance at worldwide cesarean rates.

I do hope we are successful at lowering our country's cesarean rate
as planned. It all really starts with
the individual woman preparing and being knowledgeable,
paving the way for a better birth environment for future generations!

Here is what ACOG has to say about reducing cesarean deliveries:

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Two Beautiful Births

My name is Melissa and I am the chapter leader for ICAN of Jackson, MS. I was honored recently to be a small part of the birth stories of two of the mamas in our group. Both mamas were VBA2C candidates. Both mamas gave their ALL and both gave birth to beautiful baby girls! The reason I wanted to share this story is because I think these ladies both are such strong women, both were very prepared and both amazed me and gave me hope for my future deliveries. Mama S labored for 41 hours, most of that all natural even on the max dose of pitocin! Her water broke early on and she stayed home laboring for several hours, using the birthing ball, dancing, hip rotations, walking…you name it, she tried it. Her doula couldn’t make it, so another one of our mama doulas in the group came to her aid and they seriously tried everything to get baby to come on down. I got to be there and help for a few hours before the doula came, and I was completely amazed at how calm she was breathing through each contraction after being awake for nearly two days! A few times we were all even laughing about the whole situation. Ultimately a cesarean was necessary. Mama A was in labor for nearly a week! At some point she decided to get checked, thinking she’d not be far enough along and would just go back home…she was 7cm! Shortly after getting to her room, she was 9cm! She had asked me to help support her along with her doula and take pictures. When I got there she was so peaceful and breathing beautifully through each contraction. There was no sign of transition until she was just about ready to push. I was once again amazed at how serene she was during back to back major contractions. Mama A delivered her baby vaginally on her own time without coached pushing. She did have a second degree tear that took a couple hours to repair. All this to say some things are just out of our hands. There comes a point in labor and delivery at which we meet the place where our desires end and birth takes over. Birth is beautiful even if it doesn’t end the way we planned. I think as long as we are prepared and knowledgeable and surround ourselves with love and support, we can achieve a positive outcome. Two days apart, two miracles were born, by two very strong mamas…one cesarean and one vaginal…both beautiful births that they both should be proud of…I know I am!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

New ICAN T-shirts for sale!

In honor of Cesarean Awareness Month coming up in April, ICAN has a new T-shirt that you can buy to help raise awareness. Please check it out and consider making a donation as well. ICAN reaches women across the globe and empowers us all to know our rights and make informed decisions, money raised will help further spread that message.

Monday, February 24, 2014

ICAN of Jackson, MS is pleased to announce our first two professional subscribers!

Mississippi Birth Collective
Services Provided: The MS Birth Collective strives to improve pregnancy, childbirth and the post partum period by creating a central database of Mississippi birth workers passionate about providing local birth related services.

Sunstone Birth Services - Susan Stonecypher
Phone: 769-232-9968
Services Provided: Professional birth doula and placenta encapsulation services in Central MS.
ICAN's Professional Subscriber Network includes doulas, CBEs, chiropractors, massage therapists, hypnobirth therapists, midwives...... Anyone who feels they have a service they can provide to pregnant women. To be eligible for this listing you must become a professional subscriber of ICAN. Please contact us if you wish to become a subscriber. You will be listed on our website as well as ICAN National's website, helping you reach more mothers.

ICAN's Professional Subscriber Network is a resource for consumers and for birth professionals.

The ICAN website gets between 4,000 - 5,000 hits per month, ranking high in browser searches for "cesarean" as well as "VBAC." Many of our initial contacts are from women seeking "VBAC-friendly" birth professionals. Our professional subscriber program connects women to birth professionals in their area that profess support for ICAN's mission. ICAN's Professional Subscriber Network also links to our searchable chapter feature further enhancing your exposure.

ICAN Professional Subscribers also receive:

•Discount to ICAN's conference

•10% discount at ICAN's bookstore

•Additional recognition in Clarion & Annual report

•Website Listing for one year

ICAN is a 501(c)(3) organization in the USA. Donations are tax deductible by most US taxpayers. Your subscription is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


ICAN's Professional Subscriber Network is intended as an informational resource for consumers. ICAN is pleased to pass along the names of professionals who have given us permission to release their names for referral. Please understand that ICAN is not a credentialing agency or a regulatory body. As such, we are not responsible for the competency of the professionals listed. Consumers are encouraged to take responsibility for their birth experience by informing themselves regarding the competency of those professionals that they retain. Asking questions, obtaining local references and understanding that you are responsible for your own choices by thorough reading and discussing care with other parents and care providers is essential and is your responsibility.