Mobile Apps & Resources: VBAC Resource for Midwives


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VABC Resource for Midwives

VBAC Resource for Midwives

 Versions reviewed

1.0 (BHS); iOS version 3.0 (MV))

 Device & OS used

 Android: Motorola E4 Android 7.1.1 (BHS);  iPad 15.4 (MV)

 Date of review

 March 10, 2022 (BHS); March 22, 2022 (MV)

 Brianna Howell-Spooner (BHS) and Marcus Vaska (MV)

 Technician Support 

Lori Maisey

 Similar Library Apps   n/a

Image Source:VBAC Resource for Midwives. Retrieved on April 1, 2022 from:

Stated Purpose  


“VBAC Reference for Midwives offers easy access to research-based information on risks, benefits and other considerations relevant to a woman's decisions around vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC)”

This app is intended for Ontario midwives' use in facilitating informed choice discussions with clients who have a history of one or more previous low-segment caesarean section. While midwives outside Ontario are welcome to use this tool, as well as other maternity care providers, some information may be specific to the context in which Ontario-based registered midwives provide care. (App Store listing,

Because it’s aimed at midwives, it’s goal is to help ensure a successful vaginal birth for the patient. By breaking down content into manageable sections, the guideline is easier to follow and use appropriately.



Image Source:VBAC Resource for Midwives. Retrieved on March 22, 2022 from:


Midwifery, Obstetrics

Midwifes, Obstetricians, maternity care providers



Part 1: Editorial committee, content updates, and evidence grading

As per one of the key subheadings (VBAC: The Big Picture), this app contains clinical practice guideline 14, Management of Vaginal Birth After Previous Low-Segment Caesarean Section 2021.  “Users of the app are encouraged to refer to the clinical practice guideline for a complete analysis of the research relevant to VBAC and midwifery practice, along with full citations.”  (App Store listing,


Part 2: Source and authorship information for 3 entries

“VBAC Resource for Midwives is intended as a reference tool for clinicians and is not intended to dictate a course of action. Proper use of this tool requires VBACawareness of your client’s clinical circumstances, and needs and values, as well as familiarity with your local circumstances and standards of practice.”  (App Store listing,

Organization of information

The VBAC app is comprised of 3 main buttons

  • Home
    • VBAC: The Big Picture
    • Risks & Benefits
    • Contraindications
    • Prediction of VBAC
    • Place of Birth
    • Labour Management
  • Help
    • How to Use this App
    • Abbreviations
    • Sources
    • About the AOM
  • i CPG
    • Complete CPG
    • Summary of Statements



Navigation is easy and intuitive. It just takes a few minutes to get familiar with the content and find what one is looking for.


User Account require: No
Internet connection required for use: Yes
Text search field: Yes
Browsable content: Yes
Advertisements: No
Pop-up advertisements: No
In-app purchases: No


Compatible with: iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Requires: iPhone requires iOS 12.0 or later.
Last updated (as per App store listing) :December 4, 2021

Compatible with: Android smartphones & tablets

Requires: Android 4.1 or later.
Last updated (as per Google Play listing): June29, 2017

15.8 MB (iOS); [actual size: 6.7 MB]; 1.7 MB [actual size: 6.48 MB] (Android)

App Developer

Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM)

Country of Origin