Vaginal birth after Cesarean (uncomplicated)

Vaginal birth refers to a mother delivering her baby through her vagina. A Cesarean delivery refers to the surgical removal of a baby through an incision in the mother’s abdomen. Vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC) is used to describe a vaginal delivery of a child when the mother has delivered a baby through Cesarean delivery in a previous pregnancy.  Uncomplicated refers to VBACS where the baby is not in a compromised position, such as breech.

There are no nationally-agreed standards on when VBAC is appropriate.  However, many women prefer to avoid a surgical delivery when possible. VBAC has been identified as a potentially underused procedure, and some women discuss the possibility of VBAC with their obstetricians.

About his measure

This measure tracks the number of uncomplicated vaginal births per 100 patients who had a surgical delivery during a previous pregnancy.  

Most Recent Available Data (Rate per 100)
  2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 12
National Average 9.1
Performance Trend (Rate per 100)
  2011 Q4 2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1 2013 Q2 2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 16 13 17 18 17 15 17 12
National Average 9.14 9.14 9.14 9.14 9.14 9.14 9.14 9.1
Source:Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,