Archive for April, 2009|Monthly archive page

Welcome to ICAN Seattle!

ICAN’s Mission Statement

ICAN’s mission is to prevent unnecessary cesareans through education, to provide support for cesarean recovery, and to promote VBAC.

ICAN’s Vision Statement

A healthy reduction of the cesarean rate driven by women making evidence-based, risk appropriate childbirth decisions.

Please browse our website to find out information on local support.


Modern medicine increasingly intervenes in the birth process

Journalist Mary Beth Pfeiffer knocks another one out of the park with her second article in the Poughkeepsie Journal, Modern medicine increasingly intervenes in the birth process which examines the role modern medicine and interventions have placed in decreasing the gestational age at which babies are arriving!  pregnancy-calculator

“In the decade through 2002, something momentous happened to babies in the wombs of American women, especially white women. The average time fetuses spent there decreased from 40 weeks to 39.

The decline, reported in a 2006 study in the medical journal Seminars in Perinatology, appears to have little to do with nature.

Instead, earlier births may be the outcome of “increased use of induction (of labor) and other obstetric interventions such as cesarean delivery,” said a January report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Prematurity rose 20 percent since 1990, the report said, and the rate of low birth-weight babies hit a 40-year high.

“We are shortening the gestational age,” said Dr. Carol Sakala, program director for the research and advocacy group Childbirth Connection. “That is a big interference with mammalian evolution, human evolution.”

Is it possible that modern medicine, in a few short years, has managed to override the powerful and significant forces of evolution!

Birth by surgery: The skyrocketing cesarean rate

The Poughkeepsie Journal ran a great article, Birth By Surgery: The skyrocketing Cesarean Rate, by journalist, Mary Beth Pfeiffer recently that lamented the increasing rate of cesarean births, and shared the story of a woman in NY who had an unnecessary surgery for a suspected large baby and went on to have a vaginal birth with her second child.  Pfeiffer hits on all the hot topics, including defensive medicine, lack of options for VBAC women, malpractice concerns and malpractice insurance costs, benefits and risks to women and babies and more!  a-guide-to-pregnancy-complications-ga-7

From the article….”Two weeks before Kristi Ashley gave birth to a son in 2007, an ultrasound exam estimated the baby at a hefty 12 pounds, 10 ounces — too big, her doctor believed, for a safe vaginal delivery. After the child weighed in at 9 pounds, 4 ounces in the delivery room, Ashley came to believe that the planned cesarean section she had, with its attendant pain, long recovery and what she called “emotional damage,” may have been a rush to judgment.”

This is a worthwhile read, and most interesting are the comments published by readers after the article’s publicication!  Check it out and let us know your thoughts!

April is Cesarean Awareness Month!

April is Cesarean Awareness Month!  This is an opportunity to share with friends, colleagues, relatives and birth professionals that you come in contact with the impact of unnecessary cesareans on mom, baby, family, society, etc!  Tell your stories, provide resources and evidence based information, (lots of info here on our site,  or steer people to the ICAN National Site) and a tell the world the impact your cesarean birth has had on you!  Consider writing your birth story (Cesarean or other…) for the next edition of ICAN Seattle’s birth story book.

As referenced on the ICAN website, the Cesarean Awareness Ribbon debuted in April of 2004 for Cesarean Awareness Month. The burgundy color of the ribbons represents birth and the wearing of the ribbon upside down symbolizes the state of distress many pregnant women find themselves in when their birthing choices are limited. The loop of the inverted ribbon represents a pregnant belly and the tails are the arms of a woman outstretched in a cry for help.  cam_small1

And finally, consider joining ICAN as a member!  During the month of April, there are special membership prices for anyone joining or renewing their ICAN membership.  Membership in ICAN is a tangible way of demonstrating your support for ICAN and Cesarean Awareness, allows ICAN to continue it’s outreach programs and advocacy and also supports our local Seattle Chapter!  Join directly through ICAN Seattle, and our chapter benefits with additional funds staying in our chapter treasury!  Becoming an ICAN supporting suscriber is only $25 for an entire year of membership, $5 off, in honor of Cesarean Awareness Month.  Contact the ICAN Seattle chapter leaders to subscribe through our local chapter!