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.
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 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 [http://www.state.nj.us/health/fhs/professional/safequality.shtml Safety and Quality in Maternity Care] for more information.
Page Content Updated On 09/27/2017, Published on 11/06/2017