VBAC--is it worth the risk?

Semin Perinatol. 2003 Feb;27(1):105-11. doi: 10.1053/sper.2003.50008.


Enthusiasm for vaginal birth after cesarean section has waned. As a result, the cesarean birth rate is again on the rise. As a medical community and society we must decide whether the most appropriate question is "What is safest for my baby?" or "Is the risk associated with vaginal birth after cesarean acceptable?" There are risks associated with vaginal birth after cesarean, but in a hospital setting with appropriate resources these risks are low and would still seem to be acceptable.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cesarean Section, Repeat / economics
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Risk Factors
  • Uterine Rupture / prevention & control
  • Vaginal Birth after Cesarean* / adverse effects
  • Vaginal Birth after Cesarean* / economics
  • Vaginal Birth after Cesarean* / trends