intact membranes

Specialties Ob/Gyn


on those rare occasions that membranes are intact when the patient is complete, would you encourage pushing? something in the back of my mind says no? amnioitic fluid emboli risk? risk of delivering with bag of water over the baby head (aspiration)?

what do you all think?


231 Posts

From what I have experienced most OBs AROM or pts SROM on their own. If the OB is in house I don't ever remember them not AROMing the patient. I had a pt the other night who walked in complete and intact, was pushing and OB showed up AROM and delivered w/ next push. I don't know if pushing while intact would cause a AI, from what I understand of the physiology is caused by a break in the placental vasculature system allowing fluid to travel into maternal vasculature. That doesn't necessarily happen when pushing. Baby's delivered en cul (sp?) ie the BOW intact, is very rare, and as long as it is ruptured immediately the risk of aspiration is about the same as a c/s birth. I would assume that the pressure of delivery would rupture the sac spontaneously. As a side note is it considered to be good fortune for a baby to be born en cul.



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Specializes in Women's Services, Dialysis.

I had my 2nd daughter with membranes intact. They broke just as her shoulders reached my problems


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Baby's delivered en cul (sp?) >>

That's "in the caul".

mother/babyRN, RN

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Ah yes, the caul.....Sometimes there isn't any reason to rupture membranes......No big deal....Unless, of course,there is a problem or major discomfort for the patient....You sort of peel the membranes off the baby...In some cultures,that is a big deal....Interesting read when it pertains to cultures and what they consider good and bad luck...


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Ahh, the caul...

Never said I could spell;)

Thanks Besty & MBURN!!!!!

I love to read about cultural differences in healthcare...very interesting to placentas, heard and read some interesting things about what certain cultures do with em!

Not to change the subject....

A local hospital here used to give cauls to the Naval Yard.

It's good luck to have them on a ship.

Don't ask. I have no idea!


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I had one OB when I was new who refused to wake up and rupture my pt's membranes, even when she was complete. I remember sitting at the end of her bed coaching her pushing and wishing that I had worn rain gear as this giant water balloon was crowning.


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Yes! My mom's family all worked on ships - my grandma always told us that a caul would keep sailors from drowning. Her husband - my grandpa - had his OWN caul. His mom had saved it from when he was born. It was all dried up and he wore it in a bag around his neck. He said that it made him drown-proof. I guess it worked (he died from a heart attack.)

funny, eh?

sanakruz, ADN

735 Posts

A baby born with" the veil" is supposed to have to have the gift of second sight.

allnurses Guide

Spidey's mom, ADN, BSN, RN

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Oh my gosh Sanakruz I was just gonna write the same thing. I grew up hearing stories from my grandmother about my uncle being born with a "veil" on his face and was therefore gifted with "second sight" or I guess ESP. She grew up in rural Arkansas on a farm and had lots of stories to tell us impressionable grandkids. Like she saw a leprechaun in a tree and that there were poltergists in her house stealing and hiding things from her (this was more absentmindedness . . . we kids would find the stuff later) :-) I loved going to grandma's house. She also would take out her false teeth and chase us through the house making us breathless with laughter. Made the best pecan pie too . . . .


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