Vaginal birth after cesarean: what's new in the new millennium?

Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2002 Dec;14(6):595-9. doi: 10.1097/00001703-200212000-00004.


Purpose of review: This brief review will focus exclusively on very recent developments and controversial aspects of vaginal birth after cesarean. Only papers published in 2001 or 2002 are included.

Recent findings: Recent studies have addressed the intrapartum management of vaginal birth after cesarean patients and the safety of trial of labor compared with elective repeat cesarean.

Summary: The recent trend has been towards a more cautious approach to vaginal birth after cesarean. Some are concerned that this trend may limit childbirth options for those women who wish to avoid repeat cesarean operations.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent
  • Liability, Legal
  • Placenta Previa / complications
  • Placenta Previa / etiology
  • Pregnancy
  • Risk Factors
  • Trial of Labor
  • Uterine Rupture / complications
  • Uterine Rupture / etiology
  • Vaginal Birth after Cesarean / adverse effects*
  • Vaginal Birth after Cesarean / methods*