Saturday, January 26, 2008

VBAC ban

The VBAC ban project is finally up and running! What is this you ask? Well, simply put, we are going to call every hospital in the U.S. and find out what their policy is on VBAC. The International Cesarean Awareness Network did this a few years back and found out that over 300 hospitals officially "ban" VBAC (even though this is patently illegal). Needless to say, we are sure the situation is much worse now. But, the cool thing is that ICAN is about to launch a fantastic new website and included on that website is a map of the U.S. upon which every one of the hospitals we call will appear....with information about that hospital and its policies on VBAC. AND, there will be a way for anyone to leave feedback about that hospital, so you can see what other women experienced there. But, in order for this to happen, we need people to call! So if you are interested in helping out, please email me and I'll get you set up and going.

Help ICAN shine the light into the oppression that so many hospitals are inflicting on women.

3 comments:

Lynn Griesemer said...

Bravo! One day every woman will have all the info at her disposal: She will be able to know what the C-section rate for each hospital is; C-section rate for each doctor; epidural rate for each doctor and hospital; induction rate; abortion rate for each doctor, etc.

I am so pleased with the activism of ICAN. It is one of the best organizations for women in the childbearing years. We must continue this work for our future generations.

-Lynn Griesemer, author of UNASSISTED HOMEBIRTH: AN ACT OF LOVE and YOUR BODY, YOUR BIRTH: SECRETS FOR A SATISFYING AND SUCCESSFUL BIRTH. www.yourbodyyourbirth.org

Joan said...

I am excited to see this out there on the web :) I'm helping our local ICAN chapter calling hospitals this weekend!
I'm going to share this on another VBAC site I go to in case any of the other ladies want to help.

Joan said...

I am excited to see this out there on the web :) I'm helping our local ICAN chapter calling hospitals this weekend!
I'm going to share this on another VBAC site I go to in case any of the other ladies want to help.