Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery: Views from the Private Practitioner

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This survey was conducted to assess physician opinion regarding vaginal birth after cesarean delivery (VBAC) and to examine how physician and hospital characteristics influence the private obstetrical provider's decision to offer or not to offer trial of labor after cesarean delivery. A confidential postal survey of private practicing obstetricians in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Region (n = 774) of North Texas. Of 774 obstetrician-gynecologists, 458 completed and returned the survey for a response rate of 59%. The survey revealed that 52% of respondents offer VBAC to their patients and indicated that the most common reasons for declining use or discontinuation of VBAC were maternal-fetal safety concerns associated with uterine rupture followed by medico-legal liability concerns. Factors associated with physicians not providing VBAC for their patients were physicians in obstetrical practice <10 years, a physician's previous involvement in the care of women with uterine rupture complicated by maternal or neonatal complications, and a physician's previous involvement in cesarean delivery-related medical malpractice litigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-350
Number of pages6
JournalSeminars in Perinatology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • Private obstetrical provider
  • Private practice obstetrician
  • Survey
  • Trial of labor after cesarean section
  • Vaginal birth after cesarean section

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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