ICAN of Huntsville is a local chapter of ICAN International:
The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a 501(c)3 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).
Visit ICAN at www.ican-online.org or to learn more about our local chapter visit
WHAT ARE WE DOING IN THE COMMUNITY?
The Huntsville chapter of the ICAN holds official meetings once a month where we provide educational presentations and offer support to those seeking it. In addition to our official meetings, we are available throughout the month for questions through email or phone. We have even had impromptu meetings and hospital visits when a family needs our support and guidance.
We started ICAN of Huntsville in July 2013 and, in four years, our following has grown to over 700 women. In addition to our small support meetings, we have held lectures that brought over 60 people to hear an OB/GYN speak on avoiding Cesareans and achieving VBACs.
With the money we have raised with Huntsville Mom Prom, we have been able to build our lending library of books, DVDs, and other educational materials for our members. We are continuing to build our educational material resources for our members and further raise Cesarean Awareness throughout our community. Finally, we have started the ICAN of Huntsville Doula Grant for Expectant Mothers. This grant is for families in need of financial assistance who wish to have a doula’s support during labor but would otherwise not be able to afford the service.
The continued success and generosity of our community will allow us to maintain the Doula Grant for Expectant Mothers and grow our resources and outreach to those in need of information and support.