AROM or Artificial Rupture of Membranes is an induction/labour augmentation method that uses a tool that has a small hook at the end like a crochet hook. During a vaginal exam, your care provider carefully guides it up just inside the cervix and punctures the amniotic sac to release the fluid. It carries it's own risks and benefits. So what is it for and when do you use it??
AROM is often used when the amniotic sac (and fluid) is preventing baby's head from descending further into the pelvis. If your baby's head can come down onto the cervix, it can create pressure to help soften and dilate the cervix and therefore help your labour progress.
When do you use it? We always suggest the BRAIN acronym for any decision in pregnancy, labour and birth. Have a conversation with your care provider on the Benefits, Risks, Alternatives, your Intuition, and what might be the outcome if you did Nothing.
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