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Vaginal birth after cesarean section in a community hospital: a family practice residency experience.

Authors
  • Guerdan, B R
  • McKenna, J P
  • Wright, J C
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of the American Board of Family Practice / American Board of Family Practice
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1989
Volume
2
Issue
3
Pages
169–171
Identifiers
PMID: 2750558
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

Several tertiary care, multicenter studies have shown vaginal birth after Cesarean section (VBAC) to be a viable alternative in a select patient population. The premise of our study was that VBAC is a safe option in a community hospital setting. Any patient meeting the criteria of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) was eligible for a trial of labor, and ACOG guidelines regarding mandatory facilities and personnel were followed. One hundred six women with a history of previous Cesarean section were delivered of infants during the study period. Of these, 16 attempted a trial of labor, and 13 (81.3 percent) had vaginal births with minimum morbidity. There were no instances of scar disruption. Thirty-nine percent of the patients who were successful with VBAC had had a previous vaginal birth. By offering VBAC, the participating physicians were able to reduce their repeat Cesarean section rate by 12 percent.

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