(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) - New research suggests that the time of labor can be shortened in first-time mothers who need induction if amniotomy is performed, reports MedPage Today.
The study, conducted by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, found that when amniotomy is performed early in labor, the process can be shortened by more than two hours.
A randomized study of 585 women found that the average time to delivery was shortened to 19 hours from 21.3 hours.
Amniotomy is an artificial rupturing of the membrane to induce or accelerate labor.
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