Prediction of safe and successful vaginal twin birth

ArticleinAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology 205(3):237.e1-7 · May 2011with9 Reads
Impact Factor: 4.70 · DOI: 10.1016/j.ajog.2011.05.033 · Source: PubMed

    Abstract

    The objective of the study was to establish predictors of vaginal twin birth and evaluate perinatal morbidity according to mode of delivery.
    One thousand twenty-eight twin pregnancies were prospectively recruited. For this prespecified secondary analysis, obstetric characteristics and a composite of adverse perinatal outcome were compared according to the success or failure of a trial of labor and further compared with those undergoing elective cesarean delivery. Perinatal outcomes were adjusted for chorionicity and gestational age using a linear model for continuous data and logistic regression for binary data.
    Nine hundred seventy-one twin pregnancies met the criteria for inclusion. A trial of labor was considered for 441 (45%) and was successful in 338 of 441 (77%). The cesarean delivery rate for the second twin was 4% (14 of 351). Multiparity and spontaneous conception predicted vaginal birth. No statistically significant differences in perinatal morbidity were observed.
    A high prospect of successful and safe vaginal delivery can be achieved with trial of twin labor.