The influence of elective amniotomy on fetal heart rate patterns and the course of labor in term patients: a randomized study.


OBJECTIVES Our study was designed to evaluate the effects of routine elective amniotomy on the frequency and severity of abnormal fetal heart rate patterns and on the course of labor and the need for oxytocin augmentation. STUDY DESIGN A randomized, controlled trial was conducted at term in patients in active labor who were randomly selected to undergo… (More)


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