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Our previously scheduled meeting for May on “Creating Safe Boxes” has been canceled.  We look forward to seeing you at our June educational meeting!

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ICAN of Louisville is 5 years old!

We hope to see your family as we celebrate ICAN’s 30th anniversary and our local chapter’s 5th year!

Join us for a fun open house with birthday cake! Feel free to pack a sack lunch for your family and join us from 11-2, or just stop by when you can!  We’ll be in the gym area at Broadway, 4000 Brownsboro Road.  RSVP on Facebook and be sure to invite your friends!

We’ll have

*Inflatable bouncy and slide
* Face Painting
*Ping-Pong
*Foosball
*Air-hockey
*Outdoor Playground
*Pick-up Basketball Games
* Cake, soft-drinks, and water

If you’ve ever attended an ICAN meeting or sought support from our volunteer co-leaders, we’d love to re-connect with you! This party is family-friendly and open to all in the Louisville area, no matter your birthing history or future.

ICAN of Louisville is a proud member of the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN). ICAN is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).

Founded in February of 2007, ICAN of Louisville plans to bring cesarean prevention and education back into the greater Louisville area, while offering post-cesarean support, and VBAC education and advocacy. In its most recent reports, the Center for Disease Control lists Kentucky’s cesarean rate at 35.4% – the 7th highest in the nation. One in three babies is born in Louisville by C-section. We have a higher surgical birth rate than the national average (32.8%). With WHO (the World Health Organization) estimating that half of all cesarean sections performed in the U.S. are unnecessary and many Louisville mothers questioning the necessity of their cesarean births, we have work to do.

Contact ICAN of Louisville if you…

  • Want to learn about your birth options in our community
  • Need help healing and recovering from a prior cesarean
  • Feel like you are being pressured into an C-section
  • Need help preparing for your medically necessary cesarean
  • Have had a c-section and you want to learn about the safe option of a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)

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*ICAN or ICAN of Louisville is not affiliated with Broadway Baptist Church. We appreciate the use of their space for our celebration.

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Here at ICAN of Louisville we’re continually trying to improve how we serve the families of the Louisville area. One area that we are working hard to improve is our presence in the community. ICAN can only help families if they know about us. How can we improve our community involvement? What’s your idea for getting families to our meetings? Where can we be that we aren’t? What are you doing to help spread ICAN’s mission? What is your vision for ICAN of Louisville?

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Friends of ICAN,

We will not be having a support meeting in November.  Please help spread the word, so no one shows up alone.

 

Thanks!

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32.9% of Births Resulting In Major Abdominal Surgery; 13th Consecutive Year to Show Increase

Redondo Beach, CA, December 21, 2010 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics has reported that the cesarean rate hit another record high in 2009, with a preliminary rate of 32.9 percent. The findings reflect the 13th consecutive year of increase. This rate roughly equates to 1,359,105 out of the 4,131,019 births in the United States in 2009 resulting in a cesarean.

“Cesareans are far from the niche occurrence of yesteryear. Every woman in her childbearing years MUST sit up and take notice of this alarming and astonishing rate of surgical delivery,” says ICAN President Desirre Andrews.

The primary cesarean rate continues to rise, meaning that even women without a prior cesarean and those with prior vaginal births are affected by the climbing cesarean rate. For those who have previously had a cesarean, access to VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) support continues to fade regardless of this year’s statements from the NIH and ACOG supporting VBAC as a safe option. “The rising cesarean rate and the resulting consequences are not going to go away on their own,” says Andrews. “Now more than ever, women and babies need access to evidence-based care.”

Evidence shows that cesareans place women and babies at increased risk for morbidity and mortality immediately and long term. Cesarean sections are being overused in the United States and the rate continues to rise, placing women and babies under these risks avoidably.

In addition to over 130 local chapters throughout North America and Internationally which provide in-person support, ICAN offers a variety of information and support online about cesarean prevention, recovery, and VBAC through their webinars, forums, and blog.

About Cesareans: When a cesarean is medically necessary, it can be a lifesaving technique for both mother and baby, and worth the risks involved. Potential risks to babies from cesareans include: low birth weight, prematurity, respiratory problems, and lacerations. Potential risks to women include: hemorrhage, infection, hysterectomy, surgical mistakes, re-hospitalization, dangerous placental abnormalities in future pregnancies, unexplained stillbirth in future pregnancies and increased percentage of maternal death. http://ican-online.org/ican-white-papers

Mission statement: ICAN is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery and promoting vaginal birth after cesarean.

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For Immediate Release

Cesarean Rate Jumps Again To Record High; 32.3% of Births Resulting In Major Abdominal Surgery
12th Consecutive Year to Show Increase

Redondo Beach, CA, April 6, 2010 – The National Center for Health Statistics has reported that the cesarean rate hit another record high in 2008 with a rate of 32.3 percent, up 2.6 percent from 2007. The findings reflect the 12th consecutive year of increase.

“Every U.S. woman in childbearing years should have deep concern over this rate,” said Desirre Andrews, president of the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN). “With the cesarean rate showing no signs of decreasing and VBAC access being limited in many areas across the U.S., women need to be well educated and well versed in self advocacy during pregnancy and birth.”

With the preliminary number of 4,251,095 U.S. births reported in 2008, a 32.3% cesarean rate results in approximately 1,373,103 women undergoing surgical deliveries. This total is equivalent to the entire population of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or the combined populations of Alaska and Washington, DC. “This real life comparison highlights how serious the near 1 in 3 percentage of pregnancies resulting in major abdominal surgery is,” said Andrews. “Evidence shows that cesareans put women and babies at increased risk for morbidity and mortality immediately and long term. Cesarean sections are being overused in the United States and as the rate continues to rise, mothers and babies are exposed to these risks avoidably. The repeat cesarean rate of over 90% is undoubtedly helping to drive this record setting data.”

ICAN has a variety of educational, advocacy and support options on-line through webinars, forums, blog, twitter and white papers at http://www.ican-online.org.

About Cesareans: When a cesarean is medically necessary, it can be a lifesaving technique for both mother and baby, and worth the risks involved. Potential risks to babies from cesareans include: low birth weight, prematurity, respiratory problems, and lacerations. Potential risks to women include: hemorrhage, infection, hysterectomy, surgical mistakes, re-hospitalization, dangerous placental abnormalities in future pregnancies, unexplained stillbirth in future pregnancies and increased percentage of maternal death. http://ican-online.org/ican-white-papers

Mission statement: ICAN is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery and promoting vaginal birth after cesarean. There are over 130 ICAN Chapters across North America and internationally, which hold educational and support meetings for people interested in cesarean prevention and recovery.

Contacts:

Desirre Andrews
719-331-1292
president@ican-online.org

Gretchen Humphries
517-745-7297
advocacy@ican-online.org

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