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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^]

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. 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 slightly above that of the nation as a whole in 2021.
Page Content Updated On 08/15/2023, Published on 08/15/2023
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