April is both Cesarean Awareness Month and Accreta Awareness Month, sponsored by the International Cesarean Awareness Network, or ICAN, and Hope for Accreta, respectively. Most people have heard of a cesarean birth but few have ever heard of the life-threatening pregnancy complication called Placenta Accreta that is a potential risk of future cesarean births. I’m grateful to be alive to celebrate my accreta survival story and host two blood drive events to help save the lives of more mothers. Two organizations, Hope for Accreta Foundation and ICAN of Northern Virginia, are coming together to try to educate those with risk factors for Accreta and to encourage people to donate blood. This gift of life could save mothers with Accreta and anyone else in need of a blood transfusion. Read More
Every April, the International Cesarean Awareness Network, or ICAN, celebrates Cesarean Awareness Month to bring awareness to its work. 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).
The organization’s vision statement is: “A reduction in the cesarean rate driven by women assuming responsibility for their healthcare by making evidence-based, risk appropriate childbirth decisions.” Read the full statement of beliefs on ICAN’s website.