Current Commentary: PDF OnlyNational Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference Statement Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: New Insights March 8–10, 2010Author Information See related editorial on page 1112 and article on page 1267. National Institutes of Health (NIH) consensus and state-of-the-science statements are prepared by independent panels of health professionals and public representatives on the basis of (1) the results of a systematic literature review prepared under contract with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), (2) presentations by investigators working in areas relevant to the conference questions during a 2-day public session, (3) questions and statements from conference attendees during open discussion periods that are part of the public session, and (4) closed deliberations by the panel during the remainder of the second day and morning of the third. This statement is an independent report of the panel and is not a policy statement of the NIH or the Federal Government. The statement refl ects the panel's assessment of medical knowledge available at the time the statement was written. Thus, it provides a “snapshot in time” of the state of knowledge on the conference topic. When reading the statement, keep in mind that new knowledge is inevitably accumulating through medical research. Obstetrics & Gynecology: June 2010 - Volume 115 - Issue 6 - p 1279-1295 doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e3181e459e5 Free Metrics © 2010 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.