Today is the last day of Cesarean Awareness Month. Throughout the month, Giving Birth with Confidence posted a variety of information and resources on cesarean birth. As the month comes to a close, we would like to leave you with a list of helpful resources for cesarean information. (The description for the resources below has been taken from each respective website.)
ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) - www.ican-online.org
The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a nonprofit organization that was founded by Esther Booth Zorn and many other motivated women in 1982. ICAN has now grown to over 130 chapters throughout the United States and worldwide.
The Unnecesarean - www.theunnecesarean.com
Blog and site author Jill Arnold is a consumer advocate who founded The Unnecesarean in August 2008 as a collection of big baby birth stories, as well as women's accounts of their cesareans and VBACs (vaginal births after cesarean). After refusing a planned cesarean for suspected macrosomia based on a 38 week ultrasound estimate of fetal weight, she gave birth vaginally to a healthy baby and later found that the midwives model of care better met her needs as a pregnant woman.
Childbirth Connection - www.childbirthconnection.org
Childbirth Connection is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1918 as Maternity Center Association. Their mission is to improve the quality and value of maternity care through consumer engagement and health system transformation. Childbirth Connection promotes safe, effective and satisfying evidence-based maternity care and is a voice for the needs and interests of childbearing families.
VBAC Facts - http://vbacfacts.com
After her daughter's birth in 2004, site author Jennifer Kamel spent the next couple years wading through the research on vaginal birth after cesarean and became frustrated. Over the years, she slowly and meticulously collected information. And after her son's victorious birth in 2007, a home VBAC, she created VBACFACTS.com in order to make the studies she had compiled, and the analyses she performed, easily accessible to others.
Cesarean Rates - www.cesareanrates.com
CesareanRates.com is a snapshot of online cesarean rate reporting in the United States as of January 2012. The site compiles the most current hospital-level data accessible to the public online, whether reported directly by a state's department of health or gathered from state hospital association web sites via pull-down menus.
Special Scars - Special Women - www.specialscars.org
A "special scar" is one resulting from a Classical, Inverted T, J, Low Vertical, Upright T or any other cesarean incision other than the most often used Low Transverse. The Special Scars website was born from the need to get more accurate information to women with these scars. It is a collection of information -- articles, studies, & our own stories -- regarding the possibility of VBAC after an these special incisions.
A Woman's Guide to VBAC: Navigating the NIH Consensus Recommendations - http://lamazebl.socious.com/p/cm/ld/fid=158
A group of maternity care experts and VBAC advocates came together to create A Woman's Guide to VBAC: Navigating the NIH Consensus Recommendations, a free online resource guide that addresses the most common and pressing questions women may have about their birth choices in what could be called the post-NIH-Consensus-Recommendations Era. The guide gives you the tools you need to empower yourself to advocate for you, your baby, and your birth choices!
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