Rupturing the membranes refers to breaking your water, also known as an amniotomy, which is one type of induction. This procedure is thought to release prostaglandins and create a rise in oxytocin to speed up labor. An amniotomy is typically done only if the cervix is partially dilated and thinned and the baby’s head is deep in the pelvis. A doctor or midwife ruptures your membranes by making a small opening in the amniotic sac with a thin plastic hook, which is very similar to a knitting needle. There are both benefits and risks with an induction. It can be stressful if your care provider recommends an induction when you are trying to avoid it. This episode answers a question about handling this challenging situation and discusses the pros and cons of your care provider rupturing your membranes.
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