Published in OBGYN and Reproduction Week, October 29th, 2007
The procedure to break the amniotic membranes, known as amniotomy, "doesn't shorten the first or second stage of labor, doesn't affect the woman's satisfaction with her childbirth experience and doesn't result in the child being in better condition immediately after birth," said Rebecca Smyth, a research associate with the University of Liverpool in England, and review co-author.
However, several American doctors said the findings are unlikely to change the way obstetricians help women give...
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