8 responses to “Artificial Rupturing Of Membranes”

  1. Cinnamon

    Fascinating. Love the pics! I have just recently been in discussion with a friend who had a completely unnecessary AROM. She mentioned how much more painful contractions were after that, so much so that she ended up having pain relieving drugs when until that point she had been drug-free. The worst bit was that the midwife said “I’m going to break your water now okay?” in the middle of her contraction so it’s not like she was really in a place to be able to refuse it! (Not that I’m disagreeing with your point about being able to say no, but in such circumstances it’s pretty much impossible.) Anyway, thanks for this post, it definitely confirms what I already thought about AROM. Grrr!

  2. sheelnagig

    I also find it interesting how AROM can become a major source of grief for women when they’re processing the aftermath of an intervened birth. Allowing this normal physiological process to unfold in the baby’s own time is vital to the normal progression of that particular woman’s birth and intervening without consent at that point seems to affect something very primal in many of us. Perhaps the membranes form part of our safety link with our babies, perhaps they are of greater significance on an emotional level than we can predict with our gross ways of measuring such phenomena, who’s to say? I think that the invasion of a woman’s body with the amniohook is also a pretty big assault for those of us who haven’t consented and using an instrument in a woman’s vagina to make her unborn baby unsafe is very psychologically painful. I’ve heard so many stories of membranes ruptured without consent and even some stories of this happening at home, it’s considered such a minor event and yet the repercussions are potentially catastrophic. It really can kick off the cascade and cause so much damage and yet it forms part of the protocols of almost all hospitals. I’m glad that your client is happy with her request being fulfilled but I sympathise with your discomfort about it nonetheless.
    Wildmama AKA Looking Glass Alice

  3. Lisa Barrett

    Processing things I’ve done as a midwife is really important to me so that I can keep learning and growing both in my practice and as an advocate for women’s rights around childbirth. Owning our decisions as practitioners is the only way to reflect and improve.

    Discovering and revealing inadequacy’s in ourselves is never easy.
    Thanks wildmama, love your work.

  4. Anonymous

    I had an arm with the birth of my daughter. We tried it at home but were unsuccessful, after which I was in the hospital for induction of labour as I was 11 days over my due date. And after three unsuccessfull attempts of ARM and inserting gells within a period of 24 hours they finally broke the waters. The labour failed to progress naturally and I ended up having a C-Section. I strongly agree with your post and I wish I would have chosen not to have my membranes ruptured and followed my Midwifes instincts. Even today I wish to go back and change what happened If I could.

  5. Gutegirl

    I´m so happy to see these pictures! I gave birth to a boy in May 2009 at a hospital i Stockholm, Sweden, and he was born in his caul. The midwife at the hospital didn´t break it until he was out. I never had the opportunity to see him in the caul, because after he was born they opened the "bag" very very quickly. Thank you for these pictures!

  6. kelstar

    ya learn something new every day…i havnt had any babies and it never even crossed my mind about how breaking waters would effect the labour, delivry…i learn so much on this site!…i always assumed hospital birth with drugs ( i am a wimp)…but now i think hey all these woman can do it…and have ben doing it since the dawn of time…maybe i can too!

  7. Rachel

    I have had two home births. My son was born on christmas 10lbs 10 oz. in 2003 and my daughter 8lbs 14oz June 12th 2009. It was amazing and I loved it. My midwives were wonderful. I hope home birth makes a come back. It was so nice to eat move and laugh my way through labor. People are amazed and tell me how brave I am. I think the women who have hospital births are brave. Especially if they did their homework. I just happened apon your page and just wanted to share. Keep up the beautiful work.