University of Gothenburg
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VBAC in a Swedish maternity care context

Vaginal birth after caesarean, VBAC, is a relevant question for many women and their partners because of the rising Caesarean section (CS) rate worldwide. In Sweden, the CS-rate increased from 5% in the beginning of the 1970s to 17.3% in 2013. VBAC compares favourably with routine elective repeat CS (ERCS) and is associated with lower maternal mortality and less overall morbidity for mothers and babies.