Newly Formed ICAN of Omaha Chapter Set To Meet

A new Omaha chapter of ICAN, the International Cesarean Awareness Network, is set to have its first meeting on Tuesday May 5. The group meets on the first Tuesday evening of every month at the Ralston Public Library.

Online PR News – 23-April-2009 – – OMAHA, NE - The International Cesarean Awareness Network, or ICAN, has a new chapter in Omaha. The group aims to increase cesarean awareness throughout the Omaha area by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery and promoting vaginal births after cesarean, or VBACs.

The Omaha chapter of ICAN was founded by Katie Meester and meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Ralston Public Library. The meetings are open to anyone who wishes to learn more about Cesarean sections, including ways to reduce the risk and VBAC-friendly hospitals and medical providers.

"Though Nebraska's cesarean rate is just a touch under the national average, at 30.9%, it's still a staggering number. Our goal is to promote vaginal births as the standard since they are healthier for both mom and baby and carry less of a risk of complications. While cesarean sections can have a place in childbirth, we think they're grossly over-promoted and over-used. Oftentimes, the risks aren't fully explained before mom enters the operating room and once a cesarean has been done, it's difficult to find a VBAC friendly provider. This forces many women into unnecessary surgery for no reason other than doctor convenience," said Meester, Chapter Leader, ICAN of Omaha (

Since the group's founding in 1982, over 400 groups have formed throughout the country. The group is a non-profit organization that believes childbirth should be treated as a normal, physiological process and aims to support women in throughout pregnancy and while in labor.

"Around the country, one in four babies are born in the operating room, with some hospitals reporting cesarean numbers as high as one in two. Although many people think of a cesarean as the safer option, this increase has not led to an improvement in infant mortality rates. Instead, the high number of cesareans has put both mothers and babies at risk," said Meester.

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