Labor and Delivery: 10 Surprising Things You Need to Know

10. VBAC is becoming less available as an option for women. Of women with a previous cesarean, about one in four (26 percent) had a vaginal birth. About two in five (42 percent) women with a previous repeat cesarean were denied the option of a VBAC, with that figure increasing to 58 percent for mothers who had given birth most recently, during the year before the survey. Medical concerns (unrelated to the uterine scar) and caregiver unwillingness were the leading reasons for denial of a VBAC. A smaller proportion reported hospital unwillingness. The willingness of caregivers and hospitals to permit vaginal birth after a previous cesarean birth declined substantially for women who had given birth within 12 months of the survey, as compared to those who had given birth from 12 to 24 months earlier. Learn more about vaginal birth after cesarean.

Source: The Maternity Center Association's Listening to Mothers survey

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