Health Indicator Report of Vaginal Birth after Previous Cesarean
VBAC is associated with decreased maternal morbidity and a decreased risk of complications in future pregnancies.[https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29064970 ^1^]
Data SourceBirth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
DefinitionA vaginal delivery by a mother who had a cesarean for one or more previous deliveries.
NumeratorNumber of births delivered vaginally after a previous cesarean
DenominatorTotal 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 birthU.S. Target: 81.7 percent
How Are We Doing?The vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) rate rose rapidly and steadily throughout the early 1990s but peaked in 1996 and began a rapid decline that lasted until 2008. The VBAC rate has been slowly but steadily increasing again since then. The VBAC rate among White mothers is significantly above that of Hispanics and Asians. The rate among Blacks is slightly above that of Asians and significantly higher than among Hispanics. The VBAC rate among US-born mothers overall is above that of foreign-born mothers, however among Blacks and Hispanics, foreign-born mothers have higher rates than their US-born counterparts. VBACs are much more common in some New Jersey counties than in others.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?The VBAC rate in New Jersey is lower than in the nation as a whole.
Page Content Updated On 04/23/2018, Published on 05/04/2018