The Latest in Vaginal Births After Cesarean

Below is a state map for the official 2016 and 2018 U.S. VBAC rates (the first official rates since 2004). As you can see, the Atlantic South has the lowest VBAC rates, which corresponds with higher cesarean section rates seen in the same geographic area:


Additionally, VBAC rates  followed a decreasing trend since the late 1990s until 2010, and have shown an increase in recent years:

2017 VBAC rate differs according to a variety of demographic information.

Below, we see how the VBAC rate varies by race/ethnicity:

Here we see that there is not a lot of variation in VBAC rate by education:

There is a wide variety in VBAC rate by age category:

  • For the first time since 2004, the National Center for Health Statistics has released data on VBACs in the U.S. 
  • Check out this article from PBS about difficulties facing women who want to have a VBAC. 
  • Follow this facebook page, run by the Maternity Safety Foundation
  • According to Listening to Mothers III, almost half of women with a prior cesarean section are interested in  VBACS, but only 14% of these women had a VBAC. Click here to read the full report. 
  • Here is the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists resources list for VBACS