Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: New Insights – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Vaginal birth after cesarean, called VBAC, is a procedure that refers to vaginal delivery by a woman who has had a previous cesarean delivery. A panel of scientific experts met recently to assess currently available data on VBAC. Panel chair Dr. Gary Cunningham: why?
Dr. Cunningham: This was stimulated by the obviously well-known rising cesarean section overall in this country, as well as the world, and we know that a primary cesarean (or one for the first time) will begat other cesareans and this has created some problems.
Narrator: The panel concluded that given the available evidence, VBAC may be an option for many women. Details are at the website consensus.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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