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C-Section and VBAC Support


ICAN of Chicago is a chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN), 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).

What is ICAN?


In America, 1 out of 3 women will have a cesarean birth. After a woman has a one cesarean, she has a higher risk of having additional cesarean births, even if she plans to have a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). There are many myths and confusions about what is safe and what is best practice. 

We support all mothers, no matter what path she took to find us, or which path she chooses to follow with the information she learns from us. Some moms find us because they had traumatic experiences and want help in processing what happened. Some find us because they are ready to start planning their next birth and are not sure what choices she has. Many seek us out looking for providers who will offer them the choices they would like to have the next time. Whatever brought you here, we hope that we can help you with your journey.

Meetings will be posted on the ICAN of South Suburban Chicago and ICAN of Chicago Facebook pages, as well as posted in the ICAN of Chicago closed Facebook group. 

ICAN meetings are always free and open to anyone. Since birth support groups for other trauma is uncommon, we also welcome parents with traumatic vaginal births who need a safe place to process their births. 

Want to know more?


These links may be helpful



VBAC Facts

Evidence-Based Birth

Improving Birth

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