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
Why Is This Important?VBAC is associated with decreased maternal morbidity and a decreased risk of complications in future pregnancies.[https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30681543 ^1^]
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.
VBACs are much more common among residents of Ocean County than elsewhere in New Jersey.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?The VBAC rate in New Jersey was the same as that of the nation as a whole in 2019.