Posted by: "Barbara A. Hotelling"
Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:11 pm (PST)
*Subject:* Free Upcoming NIH conference: Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: New
Insights (March 8-10)
Dear Coalition for Improving Maternity Services,
While reading maternity blogs and forums, I discovered the Coalition for
Improving Maternity Services Web site. Because you share information and
resources about child birth, I thought your readers might be interested to
know about an upcoming NIH consensus development
*Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: New
March 8-10, 2010 I Bethesda, MD
The purpose of the conference is to evaluate the available scientific
information on vaginal birth after cesarean and develop a statement that
advances understanding of the issue under consideration and will be useful
to health professionals and the public.
- What are the rates and patterns of utilization of trial of labor after
prior cesarean, vaginal birth after cesarean, and repeat cesarean delivery
in the United States?
- Among women who attempt a trial of labor after prior cesarean, what is
the vaginal delivery rate and the factors that influence it?
- What are the short- and long-term benefits and harms to the mother of
attempting trial of labor after prior cesarean versus elective repeat
cesarean delivery, and what factors influence benefits and harms?
- What are the short- and long-term benefits and harms to the baby of
maternal attempt at trial of labor after prior cesarean versus elective
repeat cesarean delivery, and what factors influence benefits and harms?
- What are the nonmedical factors that influence the patterns and
utilization of trial of labor after prior cesarean?
· What are the critical gaps in the evidence for decision-making,
and what are the priority investigations needed to address these gaps?
What happens at an NIH consensus conference?
- At the conference, invited experts will present information pertinent
to these questions, and a systematic literature review prepared under
contract with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will be
- Conference attendees will have ample time to ask questions and provide
statements during open discussion periods.
- After weighing the scientific evidence, an unbiased, independent panel
will prepare and present a consensus statement addressing the key conference
Please visit our *e-toolkit <http://consensus.nih.gov/2010/vbacgetinvolved.htm>
*which includes short drop-in newsletter articles, a Web button, a
prewritten email notification of the event, etc. If I may forward these
materials, or if you have any questions, please let me know.
I hope that you will share this conference with your readers.
On behalf of the
Office of Disease Prevention
Office of Medical Applications of Research
National Institutes of Health
The health of mothers, infants, and children is of critical importance, both
as a reflection of the current health status of a large segment of the U.S.
population and as a predictor of the health of the next generation. HP 2010