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Note: all words in this piece that are in “quotation marks”
are excerpts or quotes from the ACOG Committee Opinion published February 2017. HEREis that article.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology just came
to a very important conclusion inTHISCommittee Opinion that was published in
“Many common obstetric practices are of limited or uncertain
benefit for low-risk women in spontaneous labor. In addition, some women may
seek to reduce medical interventions during labor and delivery.
Amniotomy, also known as Artificial Rupture of the Membranes
(AROM) is the surgical rupture of fetal membranes to induce or expedite labor.
Amniotomy is used to start or speed up contractions and,
as a result, shorten the length of labour.
Artificial rupture of the amniotic membranes during labour,
sometimes called amniotomy or ’breaking of the waters’ was introduced in the
mid-eighteenth century, first being described in 1756 by an English
obstetrician, Thomas Denman
The information below is paraphrased and/or quoted from the listed sources.
*Definition of the procedure
Stripping membranes, sometimes called "sweeping of the membranes" or "membrane
sweeping", is a method used to try to start labor. The health care provider puts
her or his finger into the cervix – the mouth of the uterus – and uses the
finger to separate the bag of waters from the side of the uterus near the
cervix. This releases local prostaglandins/hormones that can trigger
When looking up the drugs used that stimulate uterine contractions, Oxytocics, I also noticed that this post needs to include the drugs that are used to reverse the effect of those drugs, a group called Tocolytics. As with the two previous posts in this series, I have listed the FDA Pregnancy category, included links to the complete drug profiles, and then pulled out the warning, adverse reaction, and contraindication sections for you to read right here and right now.
To be clear – we are not anti-care provider or anti-drug.