The Impact of Mode of Delivery on Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes during Periviable Birth (22-25 Weeks)

Jared T. Roeckner, Erica Peterson, Jennifer Rizzo, Jaime Flores-Torres, Anthony O. Odibo, Jose R. Duncan

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Objective  The objective of our study was to compare the maternal and neonatal complications of periviable birth by the delivery route. Study Design  A retrospective cohort study of periviable deliveries (22 0/7-25 6/7weeks) from 2013 to 2020 at a tertiary teaching institution was conducted. Deliveries were grouped by the mode of delivery. Excluded deliveries included pregnancy termination, anomaly, or undesired neonatal resuscitation. The primary composite maternal outcome included death, intensive care admission, sepsis, surgical site infection, unplanned operation, or readmission. Secondary outcomes included maternal blood loss, length of stay, neonatal survival, bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH), necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), and retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). Outcomes were compared using Student's t -test, Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney and Chi-squared tests. Relative risk (RR) and 95% confidence intervals were calculated with log-binomial regression. p -Values <0.05 were considered significant. Demographic and intervention variables associated with the outcome and the exposure were included in an adjusted relative risk (aRR) model. Subgroup analyses of singleton pregnancies and 22 0/7to 23 6/7weeks deliveries were conducted. Results  After exclusion, 230 deliveries were included in the cohort. Maternal characteristics were similar between cohorts. For the primary outcome, cesarean delivery was associated with a trend toward increased maternal morbidity (22.6 vs. 10.7%, RR = 2.11 [1.03-4.43], aRR = 1.95 [0.94-4.03], p -value 0.07). Administration of magnesium sulfate, antenatal corticosteroids, and tocolytics were similar between cohorts. Neonatal survival to discharge was not different between the groups (54/83, 65.1% vs. 118/191, 61.8%, aRR = 0.93 [0.77-1.13]). Among the 172 neonates discharged alive, there was no difference in BPD, IVH, NEC, PDA, ROP, or intact survival. Conclusion  Periviable birth has a high rate of maternal morbidity with a trend toward the highest risk among women undergoing cesarean delivery. These risks should be included in shared decision-making. Key Points Periviable birth has high maternal morbidity (19%) and is highest after cesarean delivery (23%). Route of delivery does not impact neonatal survival or intact neonatal survival. Head entrapment is rare during vaginal breech delivery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1269-1278
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican journal of perinatology
Issue number12
StatePublished - May 31 2022


  • cesarean delivery
  • fetal head entrapment
  • maternal morbidity
  • mode of delivery
  • neonatal survival
  • periviable birth


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