Birth in triplet pregnancies. Vaginal delivery--how often is it possible?

Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 1998 Sep;77(8):845-8.


Objective: To compare cesarean section with vaginal delivery in triplet pregnancies.

Design: Medical records of 16 triplet pregnancies were retrospectively reviewed.

Setting: One hospital where planned, vaginal delivery of triplet gestations is the preferred policy.

Subjects: Sixteen women giving birth to triplets in the University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.

Results: Nine women were delivered vaginally, seven with cesarean section. The corrected mortality was 3.3% in the group delivered vaginally and zero in the cesarean section group. Twenty-three percent of the babies in the vaginally delivered group were without any morbidity and 6% in the corresponding cesarean section group.

Conclusions: In terms of fetal outcome cesarean section in triplets is not superior to a policy of vaginal delivery. Vaginal delivery may be suggested when there are no obvious obstetrical contraindications.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cesarean Section
  • Delivery, Obstetric / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy, Multiple*
  • Triplets*
  • Vagina