Amniotomy hook

Insufficient progress can be corrected.

If your membranes have not ruptured spontaneously, your midwife will suggest to perform an amniotomy. Amniotomy is artificially rupturing the membranes (arom) with a  special plastic amniotomy hook . That doesn’t hurt but you will feel a bit of warm water dripping over your buttocks..

This often gives labor a push in the right direction. The contractions will not necessarily become more painful, but wil become effective contractions, so labor will progress normally.  You can walk around, sit on the birthing ball, or have a shower,  whatever you like.

On TV a laboring woman is always lying in bed waiting for a doctor to rush in to save her baby. In reality lying on the bed is not the best position during labor. Many women find that they can cope better with labor when they sit up, stand or walk around. Your midwife and doula or L&D nurse will help you find good positions during labor.