Last week, I made the leap and paid my application fee to become a International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) Chapter Leader for my county. In my dealings with women, I am finding more women who have undergone cesarean section surgery for the delivery of their babies than those those who have not. I’ve met mothers who believed that their initial surgery may have been unnecessary, given the circumstances behind it, but  felt powerless to do any differently. I’ve spoken with women who desperately want to have a vaginal birth but cannot find a care provider who will support her informed consent and autonomy, especially when her risk are low and the likelihood of the re-occurrence of the previous cause for surgery are slim to none. I’ve met women who were ridiculed and bullied into having repeat surgery. I have spoken with mothers who simply didn’t know her options during and after the birth of her baby. For all of those women, I present to you ICAN of Essex County,  New Jersey.  Want to know more about ICAN, check here! Look out for meetings in the late summer and fall!

P.S. Going to the ICAN Conference in April! Quite excited! Looking forward to meeting so many wonderful people and learning a lot of great things to bring back to you!