Women delivering near Vassar got some optimistic news this month. According to an article in the Poughkeepsie Journal, the area's primary c-section rate has dropped as its VBAC rate has increased. The area showed a 22% increase in VBACs for 2009!
The trick seems to be for the directors of obstetrics to lay on the pressure. The article indicates that the hospitals showing this data used midwives in the hospital to assist deliveries, promoted VBAC, and were "very careful about inductions."
Seems like good Standard Operating Procedure to be emulated!