A member of AVBRN’s Facebook group “Birth, Baby and Motherhood” recently asked about “good resources for educating myself on the risk and benefits of VBAC and risk of repeat cesarean…”  The qualitative phrase being “good resources,” I hacked into my wife’s Lamaze Member account and searched the Cochrane Library and the Journal of Perinatal Education.

From their website the Cochrane Library is

…a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about Cochrane groups.

A few of the Cochrane reviews linked below had some great information for informed decision making.  More from the Cochrane about page regarding Cochrane Reviews:

A systematic review attempts to identify, appraise and synthesize all the empirical evidence that meets pre-specified eligibility criteria to answer a given research question. Researchers conducting systematic reviews use explicit methods aimed at minimizing bias, in order to produce more reliable findings that can be used to inform decision making.

The Journal of Perinatal Education (JPE) is the leading peer-reviewed journal specifically for childbirth educators. Through evidence-based articles, the JPE advances the knowledge of aspiring and seasoned educators in any setting—independent or private practice, community, hospital, nursing or midwifery school—and informs educators and other health-care professionals on research that will improve their practice and their efforts to support natural, safe, and healthy birth.

Check out the links below and allow yourself a few minutes.


Interventions for supporting pregnant women’s decisionmaking about mode of birth after a caesarean

Objectives:  To examine the effectiveness of interventions to support decision-making about vaginal birth after a caesarean birth. Secondary objectives are to identify issues related to the acceptability of any interventions to parents and the feasibility of their implementation.

Planned elective repeat caesarean section versus planned vaginal birth for women with a previous caesarean birth

Objectives:  To assess, using the best available evidence, the benefits and harms of a policy of planned elective repeat caesarean section with a policy of planned VBAC for women with a previous caesarean birth.

Social Media, Power, and the Future of VBAC

Abstract:  This article examines the role of social networks in informing women about VBAC, producing lowcost, accessible decision aids, and enabling multi-stakeholder collaborations toward workable solutions that remove barriers women face in accessing VBAC.

Julian’s Birth

A grandmother of seven and childbirth educator shares her daughter’s successful vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) birth story in Switzerland.