VBAC.com is a privately funded website that has been providing evidence-based information on VBAC and reducing the odds for a cesarean section since 1998.
VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) is a safe alternative to a routine repeat cesarean. Our aim is to provide evidence-based resources and support for VBAC from a variety of sources; scientific studies, professional guidelines, government reports, birth advocacy groups, as well as successful and established VBAC programs. Our goal is to help women make informed decisions about how they want to give birth and to encourage an honest and respectful dialogue with their caregivers. Providing accurate information and resources about VBAC can help childbearing women and their families avoid the risks associated with cesarean section.
Our most recent VBAC Education Project, a web-based teaching tool for parents and birth professionals is a collaborative, volunteer project available to download and use at no cost.
A Teaching Tool for Parents & Birth Professionals
The VBAC Education Project (VEP), endorsed by the International Childbirth Education Association and the International Cesarean Awareness Network, was developed to empower women to make their own decisions about how they want to give birth after a cesarean and to provide VBAC-friendly birth professionals and caregivers with the tools and resources to support them.
The VBAC Education Project is licensed by Creative Commons as Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International. This gives the user the permission to download, copy, and distribute the information as it is provided, with attribution, for non-commercial purposes.
In the United States, due to the current guidelines for VBAC and physicians’ fear of malpractice many hospitals are do not provide care for women who choose to labor for a VBAC. Although 7 out of 10 women who labor after a prior cesarean have a normal birth, in 2014 only 12% of women with a prior cesarean had a VBAC.
Birth is a major life event that significantly impacts a mother’s physical and emotional well-being. A cesarean can be a life-saving procedure for a mother and/or her baby, but overall, birth by cesarean puts healthy pregnant women at risk for medical complications. Recent evidence suggests that cesarean birth, particularly if it was unexpected, may also put women at increased psychological risk.
In the U.S. one out of three women gives birth by cesarean and than 88% of women with a prior cesarean have a routine repeat operation. US National objectives to improve maternal, infant, and child health outcomes is to lower the cesarean rate for first time mothers to 15%, and increase the VBAC rate to 63% by the year 2020.
Many cesareans are scheduled for non-medical reasons, often before term. The March of Dimes, hospital associations and State Health Departments are working hard to reduce scheduled cesareans before term because of the health complications and long-term effects on the baby.
Updated, January 26, 2017.