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Health Indicator Report of Vaginal Birth after Previous Cesarean

Reducing cesarean births among low-risk (full-term, singleton, and vertex presentation) women with a prior cesarean birth is a goal of the Healthy People 2020 initiative. A reduction in the repeat cesarean rate indicates a corresponding increase in the rate of vaginal birth after previous cesarean (VBAC) deliveries.

Vaginal Birth after Previous Cesarean (VBAC) by County of Residence, New Jersey, 2013-2015


Hudson, Salem, and Warren Counties each have a large proportion (> 10%) of records missing method of delivery. Interpret with caution.

Data Source

Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health


A vaginal delivery by a mother who had a cesarean for one or more previous deliveries.


Number of births delivered vaginally after a previous cesarean


Total number of live births to mothers who previously had a cesarean

Healthy People Objective: Reduce cesarean births among low-risk (full-term, singleton, vertex presentation) women: Prior cesarean birth

U.S. Target: 81.7 percent

How Are We Doing?

The VBAC rate rose rapidly and steadily throughout the early 1990s but peaked in 1996 and began a rapid decline. VBACs are much more common in some New Jersey counties than in others.

What Is Being Done?

The Department of Health statistically tracks many indicators of safety and quality care in maternity hospitals, including cesarean delivery rates. See [ Safety and Quality in Maternity Care] for more information.
Page Content Updated On 09/27/2017, Published on 11/06/2017
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