Top 7 Tools & Guides for Cesarean and Vaginal Birth

Wondering whether a cesarean or vaginal birth is right for you? Read through these resources to learn more about the risks, benefits, and potential reasons for having a c-section or vaginal birth.

National Partnership for Women & Families: Cesarean Section (C-section)

Learn about what a c-section is, why someone might get a c-section, how to plan ahead for a vaginal birth or c-section, and the latest research and evidence on c-section. 

National Partnership for Women & Families: What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Cesarean Birth.

This resource is a go-to guide for all things c-section and includes frequently asked questions, research summaries, and a decision-making guide.

The Leapfrog Group: Leapfrog Ratings

Use this tool to look up c-section rates and other quality measures for hospitals in your area.

Healthline: Planning for a Gentle Cesarean Birth

Read this article to learn about a different approach to c-sections, known as gentle c-sections, or family-centered cesareans and how you can incorporate this into your birth plan.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery (VBAC)

This webpage provides answers to frequently asked questions about VBAC.

National Partnership for Women & Families: VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)

Use this detailed resource to learn more about VBAC, understand potential risks and benefits of VBAC, and plan ahead for your birth.

International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN)

ICAN provides general education and emotional support regarding cesarean birth and VBAC.