[Vaginal birth after caesarean delivery in twin gestation: is trial of labor allowed?]

Gynecol Obstet Fertil. 2004 Oct;32(10):855-9. doi: 10.1016/j.gyobfe.2004.08.013.
[Article in French]


Objective: To determine if a trial of labor in twin pregnancy with previous cesarean section is an acceptable alternative to systematic cesarean section.

Patients and methods: Based on a retrospective and comparative study from 1st January 1996 to 30th June 2003 in Maternite Jeanne-de-Flandre (Lille) and Pavillon Paul-Gelle (Roubaix), 35 trials of labor in twin pregnancies with previous cesarean section have been compared with 35 twin gestations attempting vaginal delivery without a prior cesarean. This comparative study has been led by sorting out the patients according to their gestational age, parity and maternity.

Results: Twenty-seven women (77%) delivered vaginally and eight (23%) by elective caesarean section. Postpartum hemorrhage was more frequent for caesarean section (75%). No scare dehiscence or rupture occurred. There was not any haemostasis hysterectomy or embolisation related to postpartum haemorrhage. Neonatal outcome was similar in both groups.

Discussion and conclusion: Twin trial of labor after a previous cesarean section seems to be a safe alternative to routine repeat cesarean delivery as maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality are safe.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cesarean Section*
  • Delivery, Obstetric / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Labor Presentation
  • Postpartum Hemorrhage / epidemiology
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Outcome
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Safety
  • Trial of Labor
  • Twins*
  • Uterine Rupture / epidemiology
  • Vaginal Birth after Cesarean*