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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.[ ^1^]

Vaginal Birth after Previous Cesarean (VBAC) by County of Residence, New Jersey, 2015-2017

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 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 other racial/ethnic groups and the VBAC rate among US-born mothers overall is above that of foreign-born mothers. VBACs are much more common among residents of Ocean, Camden, and Hunterdon Counties than elsewhere in New Jersey.

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 05/22/2019, Published on 05/22/2019
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