AROM: Artificial Rupture of Membranes. The physician breaks the bag of water in order to: 1) Visualize the color of amniotic fluid before birth, or 2) As a means of helping increase the frequency and/or strengthen the uterine contractions.
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The artificial rupture of amniotic membranes (AROM). This procedure is commonly performed to hasten or induce labor, check for meconium, or enable the use of an internal fetal monitor. The benefits of this is that it allows doctors to view the amniotic fluid and can speed up labor.
ARTIFICIAL RUPTURE OF MEMBRANES (AROM) means that the cushioning forewaters are gone. This can dramatically increase the pain felt with each contraction. The baby's head is suddenly compressed more with each contraction, which may cause the normal dip in the fetal heart tones to dip a little farther.
Typically, vasa previa presents with painless vaginal bleeding at the time of spontaneous rupture of the membranes or amniotomy (AROM). The infant is usually born pale and limp.Fetal mortality for cases not recognized before the onset of labor is reported to range between 22.5% and 100%.
See also: What is the meaning of Pregnancy, Induction, Pregnant, Epidural, Vagina?