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.
AROM - A procedure in which the amniotic sac, or membranes, is broken by a healthcare provider instead of occuring spontaneously. This is done by inserting a small plastic hook into the vagina and making a small tear in the sac.
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Assisted rupture of membranes (AROM): AROM can only be performed if the cervix is open and the baby's head is fairly low in the pelvis.
Speeding Up / Inducing Labour By AROM
Some doctors or midwives will recommend breaking your waters to speed up your labour if it is slow or has stalled.
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.
ARTIFICIAL RUPTURE OF MEMBRANES (AROM) means that the cushioning forewaters are gone. This can dramatically increase the pain felt with each contraction.
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.
See also: Pregnancy, Induction, Pregnant, Epidural, Vagina