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Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 1996 May;36(2):155-8.

A study of patients' acceptance towards vaginal birth after caesarean section.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong.


Patients' acceptance towards vaginal birth after Caesarean section (VBAC) was studied in 99 women with previous Caesarean section. Their attitude was strongly related to the chance of success of VBAC. Only 53.3% of patients would accept VBAC if they were told that the chance of success was 70%. A history of vaginal delivery and a negative feeling towards previous operation were positively associated with acceptance of VBAC (p < 0.01), while convenience of elective Caesarean section and fear of vaginal delivery (even although most of them had had no vaginal delivery before) were the commonest reasons for refusal. The major caused of a negative feeling towards the previous Caesarean section were postoperative pain and a long recovery period. There was no significant negative effect on acceptance of VBAC if the previous Caesarean section was performed as an emergency operation for slow progress of labour or cephalopelvic disproportion.

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