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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1992 Jun;166(6 Pt 1):1811-5; discussion 1815-9.

Vaginal birth after cesarean delivery: are there useful and valid predictors of success or failure?

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson 39216-4505.



Before parturition are there useful and valid predictors of successful or unsuccessful vaginal birth after previous cesarean birth that could be used to enhance the obstetric care of a patient and her pregnancy?


The clinical course and outcome of all patients who attempted vaginal birth after cesarean delivery at one level III center during 1989 were evaluated to identify factors prognostic of a successful or unsuccessful patient group; use of this information in stepwise logistic regression and cluster analysis was disappointing.


No single criterion or optimal clusters of factors were found and no equation achieved greater than 75% predictability of outcome with acceptable sensitivity and specificity.


Before parturition prediction of outcome of vaginal birth after cesarean delivery is tenuous regardless of past obstetric history or recent clinical parameters. Thus it seems appropriate to encourage a trial of labor in almost all patients with a prior low-segment uterine incision (transverse or vertical) unless there is a strong physician or patient-derived contraindication to such an undertaking.

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