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.
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