This information explains what happens at the RVI maternity unit after your membranes have ruptured (water’s broken) and labour has not yet started.
Often the membranes rupture, releasing some of the fluid that surrounds the baby, without labour starting straight away. Following spontaneous rupture of the membranes (SRoM) you will be seen in the Maternity Assessment Unit (MAU). The baby’s heartbeat will be monitored and your temperature, pulse and blood pressure checked. If all is well, you will be given the choice to either go home and wait for labour to start spontaneously (for a maximum of 48 hours) this is called conservative management, or to stay in hospital and have your labour augmented (started off) which is termed active management. Whether actively or conservatively managed there is no reported difference in the need for birth by forceps, Ventouse or caesarean section.