Table 4.

Maternal Deaths by Delivery Method and Study Period, California, 1996–2002

Maternal Death Rate per 100,000 (95% CI*)
Delivery Method1996199920002002
Note: Maternal death within 72 hours of delivery; maternal death rates calculated for singleton births delivered in California hospitals by California residents with a previous cesarean.
CI = confidence interval; VBAC = vaginal birth after cesarean.
* 95% Poisson confidence interval.
Attempted VBAC2.0 (0.1–11.0)8.5 (1.0–30.6)
Repeat cesarean8.7 (4.8–14.6)11.9 (7.0–18.8)