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What to Know about the Rupture of Membranes

  • An intact amniotic sac (“bag of waters”) protects your baby’s head and your vagina during labor.
  • Artificially rupturing the sac increases your risk of infection and interventions (including the administration of Pitocin or an IV, need for electronic fetal monitoring, restricted movement and cesarean delivery).
  • 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 Artificial Rupture of Membranes

  • 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 Safe and Healthy 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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