Artificial Rupture of Membranes

    By: Lamaze International on Apr 24, 2012

    Rupture of Membranes

    Artificial Rupture of Membranes

    From The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence

    What to Know:

    • An intact amniotic sac protects your baby’s head and your vagina during labor.
    • Artificially rupturing the sac increases your risk of infection and interventions (Pitocin, EFM, IV, restricted movement, and cesarean).
    • Research shows that movement and hydration are often all that’s needed to get a slow labor moving and that membranes shouldn’t be ruptured routinely.
    • You may benefit from having your water broken if your labor is very difficult or slow to progress.

    How to Avoid Unnecessary Use:

    • Discuss this intervention with your caregiver.
    • Tell your caregiver that a longer labor is okay with you.
    • Labor at home as long as possible.

    How to Keep Labor as Normal as Possible if Your Membranes are Ruptured Artificially:

    • Be prepared for stronger contractions.
    • Continue to use all the support and comfort resources you have.
    • Avoid having unnecessary vaginal exams after your membranes have been ruptured.
    • Keep moving and changing position often.
    • Remember that your body knows how to birth your baby.

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    Released: April 24, 2012, 6:46 pm | Updated: April 30, 2015, 1:38 pm
    Keywords: Birth Day | Induction | Rupture of Membranes

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