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Amniotomy (Artificial Rupture of Membranes)

The sac, which contains the amniotic fluid surrounding the baby, may break spontaneously or with the help of your healthcare provider. This may occur either before or during your labor. Amniotomy refers to the artificial rupture of the sac that confines the fluid surrounding the baby. This fluid is generally clear to straw-colored, but on occasion may contain meconium, a greenish-brown material which is the baby’s first stool. If the fluid is meconium-stained, special attention may be focused on your baby immediately following the birth to prevent lung problems that can result from the baby aspirating, or breathing in, the fluid. Amniotomies are also performed to place internal monitoring devices, to assess the uterine contraction pattern, and to check the character of the amniotic fluid. This may or may not “speed-up” your labor.

Intravenous Fluids

The issue of intravenous fluids is something that you may want to discuss with your physician or healthcare provider. Keep in mind that the decision to use IV therapy will be based on your individual circumstances and labor. The advantages of having IV fluids are that they will keep you hydrated throughout your labor and be a route of administration for any medications you may need. If you choose to have an epidural, it is necessary for you to have intravenous fluids.

Induced Labor

Induction of labor is generally reserved for those pregnancies with special medical problems or other extraneous circumstances.

Medical Reasons May Include:

• High blood pressure • Diabetes • Rh disease

• Post-dated pregnancy • Small-for-dates pregnancy • Ruptured membranes

Forewaters

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Once your membranes are ruptured, most healthcare providers feel the delivery should be completed within 24 hours to reduce the chance of infection.

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