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In days gone by, the adage ‘once a caesarean, always a caesarean’ carried some truth to it. Today, however, with careful management, vaginal birth after caesarean birth (VBAC) is generally considered to be safe. It’s not a suitable or safe mode of delivery for all subsequent births, however, and there are times when a planned caesarean birth remains the safest mode of delivery. Mothers and midwives must weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of each mode of delivery, as each choice carries with it different risks and benefits.