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Repeat Cesarean Delivery

When monitoring a trial of labor during a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), NYU Langone obstetricians may determine that a repeat cesarean delivery is the safest option for the mother and baby.

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Your doctor may recommend surgery, for example, if you are experiencing placenta previa. This occurs when the placenta, which is the organ that provides the baby with nutrition, blocks the birth canal. This situation is dangerous for the mother and baby and can result in substantial blood loss in the mother.

A cesarean delivery may be performed if the umbilical cord, which connects the baby to the placenta, prolapses—or “drops”—outside of the birth canal. This can cut off blood flow and the supply of oxygen to the baby.

A trial of labor may be stopped if labor does not progress. This occurs when the woman’s contractions slow or stop and the cervix doesn’t dilate, or open. As a result, the baby does not move down the birth canal and may show signs of distress.

NYU Langone doctors are equipped to handle cesarean deliveries quickly and efficiently if a trial of labor is not successful.

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