Thursday, April 22, 2010

Upcoming ICAN Events

I am sorry that the group has been so quiet. I have had a lot of things going on in my life and I haven't been able to
really give my full attention to our chapter of ICAN here in Connecticut. I am participating as an 2011 ICAN Conference Chair, as well as
helping the current Chapter Director with the Mid-East work as their Regional Coordinator just stepped down.
We also found a new meeting place!
We will be meeting at Preferred Pediatrics in Milford (88 Noble Street suite 101)
in the Downtown area.

So! What is coming up in the next few months?
Lots of stuff!

April 28th - There will be a home birth featured on TLC's A Baby Story with local Midwives from Birth and Beyond, as well as the Late Karen
Kilson who was a HUGE supporter of ICAN of Connecticut, as well as an amazing friend and resource to the birth community.

May 12 - 7pm will be our Monthly Meeting with the subject of Childbirth Activism : How to get Involved!
May 15th - ICAN of CT will have a table at the annual Griffin Hospital Baby Fair!! Please come by and help us, and get in on the fun of one of the only local baby fairs!
June 16th - 7pm will be our Monthly Meeting with the topic of Fear in Childbirth, I am working on securing a special guest speaker for the meeting also, so that is TBA at this point.
July 14th - 7pm will be our Monthly Meeting, that night we will have an open floor meeting to share birth stories. All are welcome to bring a friend!
August 18th - 7pm will be our Monthly Meeting with the topic of Your Rights in the Hospital! A great subject for all women, especially VBAC mothers to know. I am also working on securing a guest speaker for this meeting which will also be TBA!

I really hope to see some of you at the upcoming events. I am eager to start getting more women involved in ICAN of Connecticut as we are going on our third year as a chapter in Connecticut!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Discouraging VBAC Numbers

Connecticut Hospital Repeat Cesareans Vs. VBAC Statistics 2007

VBAC Repeat Cesarean
Total Previous Cesarean Births
Bridgeport Hospital
334 Deliveries
Bristol Hospital7.06%
85 Deliveries
Charolette Hungerford Hosp 0%
67 Deliveries
Danbury Hospital
265 Deliveries
Day Kimball Hospital
54 Deliveries
Greenwich Hospital
166 Deliveries
Griffin Hospital
106 Deliveries
Hospital of Central CT
209 Deliveries
Hartford Hospital
500 Deliveries
Hospital of St. Raphael
5.52% 94.48%
163 Deliveries
John Dempsey (UCONN)
85 Deliveries
Johnson Memorial Hospital
28 Deliveries
Lawrence & Memorial
221 Deliveries
Manchester Memorial
15.13% 84.87%
119 Deliveries
Middlesex Hospital
98.74%159 Deliveries
Midstate Medical Center
120 Deliveries
Milford Hospital
73 Deliveries
New Milford Hospital
43 Deliveries
Norwalk Hospital 4.76%
210 Deliveries
Rockville General
48 Deliveries
Sharon Hospital
19 Deliveries
Saint Mary's Hospital
114 Deliveries
Saint Francis Hospital
324 Deliveries
Saint Vincent's Medical Ct.0%
157 Deliveries
Stamford Hospital
387 Deliveries
Waterbury Hospital
180 Deliveries
William Backus Hospital
130 Deliveries
Windham Community Hosp.
50 Deliveries
Yale New Haven Hospital
583 Deliveries
4,999 Deliveries

Monday, October 12, 2009

Change in 2010 Meeting Topics!

Below is an updated list of the ICAN of Connecticut 2010 meeting topics.
We are also currently working on alternating places to have the meeting, days of the week, and times of the day to help boost meeting attendance.

January : Dealing with an unexpected birth outcome
February : Nutrition During Pregnancy with Leigh White, N.D.
March : Open forum support meeting
April : Cesarean Awareness Month : Preventing the first cut (Special Guest Pending)
May : Childbirth Activism : How to get involved?
June : Fear in Childbirth
July : Open Forum Support Meeting/Birth Story Night
August : What are Your Rights in the Hospital? (Pending Special Guest)
September : Educating Our Children about Childbirth
October : Having a Family Centered Cesarean : When a Cesarean Section becomes Necessary (Pending Special Guest)
November : Home Birth (Pending Special Guest)
December : Informed Consent

If you would like to suggest any meeting topics, special guests that may be interested in speaking, or just have any comments about the meeting topics or input, please e-mail ICAN of Connecticut at

Friday, September 25, 2009

Staggering Cesarean Section Numbers

Across the state of Connecticut Cesarean Section birth numbers have been increasing steadily with the national average, as well as sit above the national average right now at 34.6% as of 2007.
While I have not obtained the percentage rates I would like for cesarean sections at individual hospitals, I have obtained the number of cesarean sections that they are doing annually. At least for the time frame of January 1, 2007 - December 31, 2007. While the numbers would be much more effective and understandable with the total number of births that took place at these facilities during this time period (which I am currently working on obtaining) these numbers make a bold statement themselves. I have highlighted the highest numbers in Red, also something to note with these hospitals is they are larger city facilities.
Hospitals highlighted in blue are hospitals with current VBAC bans.

Bridgeport Hospital - 1012 Cesarean Sections
Bristol Hospital - 201 Cesarean Sections
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital - 171 Cesarean Sections
Danbury Hospital - 736 Cesarean Sections
Day Kimball Hospital - 149 Cesarean Sections
Greenwich Hospital - 814 Cesarean Sections (Note : Large Cesarean rate, not a large city)
Griffin Hospital - 247 Cesarean Sections
Hartford Hospital - 1554 Cesarean Sections
Hospital of St. Raphael - 463 Cesarean Sections
John Dempsey Hospital - 370 Cesarean Sections
Johnson Memorial Hospital - 87 Cesarean Sections
Lawrence and Memorial Hospital - 673 Cesarean Sections
Manchester Memorial Hospital - 296 Cesarean Sections
Middlesex Memorial Hospital - 441 Cesarean Sections
Midstate Medical Center - 333 Cesarean Sections
Milford Hospital - 203 Cesarean Sections
New Milford Hospital - 104 Cesarean Sections
Norwalk Hospital - 519 Cesarean Sections
Rockville General Hospital - 117 Cesarean Sections
Saint Francis Hospital - 904 Cesarean Sections
Saint Mary's Hospital - 386 Cesarean Sections
Saint Vincent's Medical Center - 539 Cesarean Sections
Sharon Hospital - 75 Cesarean Sections
Stamford Hospital - 1002 Cesarean Sections
The Hospital of Central Connecticut - 611 Cesarean Sections
Waterbury Hospital - 472 Cesarean Sections
William W. Backus Hospital - 318 Cesarean Sections
Windham Community Memoral Hospital - 129 Cesarean Sections
Yale New Haven Hospital - 1591 Cesarean Sections

Shortly I will have the total number of births that took place at these hospitals so that we can make a percent so see how these hospitals really rank.
I hope this information is able to help you, as well as mothers looking for a place to birth their baby, if they are making the choice for a hospital birth.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Class Success!

Last night we had our second successful Lowering Your Risk for a Cesarean class!
I was floored when 3 people registered, and even more excited when all of them showed up for the class itself. It was an awesome evening, and a great experience.

The upcoming dates for our Lowering Your Risk for a Cesarean Classes are....
September 26th, 2009 - 12noon - 1:30pm
October 10th, 2009 - 12noon - 1:30pm
October 28th, 2009 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
November Class dates are TBA, but they will take place one Wednesday evening, and one Saturday afternoon.
December Classes are pending due to the Holiday's.

Another important event coming up is Wednesday September 9th, 2009 at 6:00pm.
We will be viewing The Business of Being Born at Preferred Pediatrics in Milford.
All are welcome, please contact or call 203-615-3790 to RSVP.
Bring your Pillows and blankets! Very comfortable and home like viewing!
Snacks are welcome!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Our Upcoming Events!

I got a nice big list of awesome upcoming events!
I hope to see some of you ladies getting involved!
If you would like to get involved, host a special ICAN event, or attend any of the below, please contact myself, Danielle Elwood for more details!
August 29th - Noon - Lowering your risk for a cesarean class - $20/per support team - 88 Noble Ave Suite 101, Milford, CT. Preferred Pediatrics. Please RSVP to or 203-615-3790
September 1st - 7pm- The Webster Technique & Chiropractic Care during Pregnancy with Dr. Jason Jenkins - 97 Gulf Street, Milford, CT. 06484
September 2nd - 6pm - Lowering your risk for a cesarean class - $20/per support team - 88 Noble Ave Suite 101, Milford, CT. Preferred Pediatrics. Please RSVP to or 203-615-3790
September 9th - 6pm - The Business of Being Born viewing - FREE!!! - 88 Noble Ave Suite 101 Milford, CT. Preferred Pediatrics - Please RSVP, space is limited. or 203-615-3790
September 16th - 7pm - Monthly Meeting - Body Image after Pregnancy and Birth - Jenkin's Chiropractic 97 Gulf Street Milford, CT.
September 26th - noon - Lowering your risk for a cesarean class - $20/per support team - 88 Noble Ave Suite 101, Milford, CT. Preferred Pediatrics. Please RSVP to or 203-615-3790
October 10th - noon - Lowering your risk for a cesarean class - $20/per support team - 88 Noble Ave Suite 101, Milford, CT. Preferred Pediatrics. Please RSVP to or 203-615-3790
October 13th - 7pm - Monthly Meeting - ANGER : How to deal with an unexpected birth outcome (Guest speaker TBA!) - Jenkins Chiropractic 97 Gulf Street, Milford, CT.
October 28th - 6pm - Lowering your risk for a cesarean class - $20/per support team - 88 Noble Ave Suite 101, Milford, CT. Preferred Pediatrics. Please RSVP to or 203-615-3790

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Come join us tomorrow night!

Dar a Luz Fairfield County
Thursday, August 6, 2009
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Jewish Community Center of Eastern Fairfield County
4200 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT

Currently the national C-Section rate is 1 in 3. Find out how Connecticut fares, which hospitals have lower rates, and how you can reduce your risk.

Danielle Elwood, the Northeast Regoinal Coordinator from ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) and ICAN of Connecticut chapter leader will joins us to answer your questions and help dispel some myths.

All are welcome so please spread the word.
Free (as always)
Refreshments served

Dar a Luz Network is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing every woman opportunities for knowledge, power, and support in her pregnancy and birthing process.

Contact Jodi Green for more details or membership information.