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Vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC).

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Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, 10800 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, California 92505, USA.


This review of vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) focuses on practical issues that will be useful for the physician in training and the obstetrician in clinical practice. Although VBAC has long been a common practice in many European nations, the same has not been true in North America. As recently as 1970 essentially all hospitals in the United States maintained a policy that women with a history of previous caesarean delivery would undergo repeat caesarean operations for any and all subsequent births. Although VBAC rates in many nations increased dramatically in the 1980s and 1990s, many aspects of trial of labour (also known as trial of scar) remain controversial at the dawn of the 21st century.

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