This past Thursday night I attended my first-ever ICAN meeting! So exciting! (ICAN = International Cesarean Awareness Network) I had a lovely time and want to recommend the group to all Phoenicians!
ICAN is, as the name says, international, but our Phoenix chapter is relatively new (1 to 1 1/2 years old). The leader is Sally Stevens, who also helps run our local (and booming!) produce co-op, Bountiful Baskets, and who is an on-fire birth advocate and all-around wonderful woman.
I learned a ton at ICAN - both about cesareans and about general birth information. The gathering was informal, at a local midwife's office, and consisted of conversation centering around the night's topic ("Laboring at Home") with plenty of side discussions about birth, birth politics, midwifery - all those yummy, yummy topics. There were expectant moms, VBAC-hopeful moms, and lots of birth professionals who all wanted to learn more about birth, cesarean prevention and VBAC promotion.
So..... If you have time, check it out! ICAN meets at different rotating locations all over the valley, and I'll be hooking up with them whenever they're reasonably close to us. They are an awesome group, a wonderful resource, and a ton of fun to visit! Check them out!
P.S. The ICAN website also has a TON of information on cesarean birth - make sure to browse it sometime!