- In order to prevent one major adverse neonatal outcome (death or cerebral palsy) due to a VBAC, doctors would need to perform 1,591 cesarean sections and incur a cost of $2.4 million.
- For every five babies' lives saved due to ERCS, one mother will die and many others will be injured.
- "Elective repeat cesarean delivery in 100,000 women whose first birth was a cesarean through a low transverse incision will prevent 37 cases of cerebral palsy and 37 neonatal deaths. To achieve this health benefit requires an excess of 117,748 cesarean deliveries, seven maternal deaths, and 5500 maternal morbid events."
This article's findings show that a policy of ERCS comes with a weighty set of costs and risks. VBAC bans force women to assume those risks, rather than allowing each woman to decide for herself whether to have a VBAC or schedule a repeat cesarean. A no-VBAC policy is paternalism at its worst; it takes away women's right to bodily integrity and to informed decision-making.
 ACOG Practice Bulletin No. 5, July 1999, “Vaginal Birth After Previous Cesarean Section.” According to the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN), over 300 hospitals have banned VBACs since 1999. ICAN is currently compiling a comprehensive list of the status of VBAC in every U.S. hospital. See ICAN's VBAC Policy Database.
 McMahon, M. (1996). Comparison of a trial of labor with an elective second cesarean section. New Eng J Med 335 (10): 689-695.