VBAC Reference for Midwives offers easy access to research-based information on risks, benefits and other considerations relevant to a woman's decisions around vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC). This app is intended for Ontario midwives' use in facilitating informed choice discussions with clients who have a history of one or more previous low-segment caesarean section. While midwives outside Ontario are welcome to use this tool, as well as other maternity care providers, some information may be specific to the context in which Ontario-based registered midwives provide care.
This app is designed for use in conjunction with the Association of Ontario Midwives' Clinical Practice Guideline No. 14: Vaginal Birth After Previous Low Segment Caesarean Section (2011). Users of the app are encouraged to refer to the clinical practice guideline for a complete analysis of the research relevant to VBAC and midwifery practice, along with full citations.
VBAC Resource for Midwives is intended as a reference tool for clinicians and is not intended to dictate a course of action. Proper use of this tool requires awareness of your client’s clinical circumstances, and needs and values, as well as familiarity with your local circumstances and standards of practice.
The development of this app was generously supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.