The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Delivery Mode Preferences and Trial of Labor after a First Cesarean Delivery

Date Funded: 
May 1, 2020
Funding Organization: 
National Institutes of Health

Dr Mary Paterno will serve as a co-investigator under Principal Investigator Dr Laura Attanasio from the School of Public Health and Health Sciences on this two-year R03 grant awarded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Most pregnant women with one prior cesarean birth are appropriate candidates for trial of labor after cesarean, yet only about 20% of U.S. women with a prior cesarean have a trial of labor. This project will utilize a unique, longitudinal data set to determine how experiences in the first pregnancy, birth and postpartum period shape women's preferences for delivery mode after a first birth by cesarean, and to examine the relationship between delivery mode preferences and subsequent trial of labor. The information generated by this study will guide future research testing approaches to support shared decision-making in this population.