This is an article of great interest to me due to Gabe’s PROM. I wish I had had this evidence back then. But then again, I didn’t have the faith in my body to just wait it out, back then, either. Gee I’ve found lots of great articles today! Insane!
Pre-labour Rupture of Membranes: impatience and risk
Posted on September 10, 2010 by midwifethinking
Most women experience their waters breaking towards the end of labour. However, for a significant minority their waters break before labour begins. The standard approach to this situation is to augment labour by using prostaglandins and/or syntocinon aka pitocin to stimulate contractions. Women who choose to wait are often told their baby is at increased risk of infection and they are encouraged to have IV antibiotics during labour. In my experience most women agree to have their labour augmented rather than wait. I wonder how many of these women would choose a different path if they knew there was no increased risk of infection for their baby? Read the rest of this entry »