Trial of labor in the patient with a prior cesarean birth.
The increasing incidence of cesarean birth has become quite controversial. The practice of delivering virtually all women with a prior cesarean section by repeat cesarean section is open to debate. In a large institutional practice, with rapid availability of all support services, selective attempts to deliver women vaginally, after a prior cesarean section, is appealing. A prospective 1-year study on all patients with a prior cesarean delivery commenced July 1, 1982. There were 1209 patients, of whom 751 (62%) underwent a trial of labor and 614 (82%) achieved vaginal delivery. There was no maternal mortality or perinatal mortality attributed to the trial of labor process. Oxytocin usage occurred in 38% of this population. The incidence of uterine rupture and scar dehiscence was similar in the various study subgroups. The overall group of women undergoing a trial of labor had significantly fewer postpartum complications and shorter hospital stays.
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Paul RH, Phelan JP, Yeh SY. Trial of labor in the patient with a prior cesarean birth. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1985 Feb 1;151(3):297-304. doi: 10.1016/0002-9378(85)90290-x. PMID: 3970097.
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology