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International Cesarean Awareness Network of Santa Barbara

International Cesarean Awareness Network of Santa Barbara-5803

Organization Mission

The International Cesarean Awareness Network is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by reducing preventable cesareans through education, supporting cesarean recovery, and advocating for Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).

The Big Idea:
Maternal Health Matters

We are improving health outcomes for moms and babies in Santa Barbara County by advocating for the implementation of evidence-based practices in policies and procedures supported by Healthy People 2020, the World Health Organization, and the California Maternal Health Care Coalition. Included in these practices are the reduction of primary cesareans and the expansion of birth options for all families. The U.S. is currently the only developed nation with a rising maternal mortality and morbidity rate.

After a difficult Cesarean I knew I wanted a Trial of Labor after Cesarean (TOLAC), but the fear, misinformation and seemingly limited providers surrounding that option was daunting. I owe a huge part of my successful Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) to ICAN. They gave me strength, confidence, knowledge, resources and so much support on my healing birth journey.
This support I received from ICAN not only helped me make the best choices for myself and my baby, but they’ve also inspired and empowered me to help other women find confidence in navigating maternal health options.

— Patty Makela, Age 30, Santa Barbara