Concerned about unecessary and coerced c-sections?

March 05, 2006

The World Health Organization considers acceptable levels for cesarean rates as not less than 5% and not more than 15% of all deliveries. Yet approximately 28% of all US births are by cesarean delivery, accounting for approximately one million cesareans. Some providers and hospitals have even higher rates. And, while the majority of appellate courts have held that the state may not force women to undergo unwanted cesareans many women continue to find that they are pressured or coerced into such proceedures or find that no health care provider will support their decion to have a vaginal birth after a c-section ("VBAC"). The organizations and articles below provide information and resources on these issues.

The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a nonprofit organization founded by Esther Booth Zorn in 1982. ICAN's 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).

Your Right to Refuse: What to Do if Your Hospital Has "Banned" VBAC

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