Why VBAC in Northern New England is still viable: the Northern New England perinatal quality improvement network

Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Dec;55(4):1021-5. doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3182618921.


Under the strong leadership of Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists and the support of the tertiary care centers serving the region, Northern New England (NNE) initiated a collaborative project to improve the availability and safety of trial of labor after cesarean delivery. The project involved over 250 individuals from over 30 organizations and resulted in a strong regional guideline that has been implemented by institutions across the nation. The availability of trial of labor after cesarean in NNE has increased. The work led to the creation of the NNE Perinatal Quality Improvement Network, whose work has improved regional outcomes.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Hospitals / trends
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent
  • New England
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care / organization & administration
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Pregnancy
  • Quality Improvement / organization & administration*
  • Risk Management
  • Trial of Labor*
  • Vaginal Birth after Cesarean / standards*
  • Vaginal Birth after Cesarean / trends