Question by  prathibhamenon (96)

Is the practice of breaking water to induce labor safe?

I heard that if you don't give birth within so much time of breaking your water, you suffer serious consequences.


Answer by  WelcomingNewLife (144)

If under medical care, it should be safe. The worry is that infection can be introduced to the baby via the vagina if the too much time elapses.


Answer by  milo (169)

It is a very common intervention that your doctor should know when it is or is not appropriate to use. There is risk from actually breaking your water that includes infections, cord prolapse (if the baby isn't well engaged), and could prevent the baby from getting into a favorable position.


Answer by  Rose (6804)

There are not serious consequences of breaking ones water in order to enduce labor. However this should always be done in a hospital or mid wife setting and by a professionaly. You should never attempt to do it yourself as you could introduce germs into the area and cause damage to yourself.


Answer by  darthjdavis (284)

It is safe to break wate so long as it is done in a controlled setting with sterile instruments. If something happens to prevent the baby from coming out following the water breaking, an emergency c-section can be preformed and the baby will be safe.


Answer by  Ali41 (1593)

Yes, it is safe if done by your healthcare provider. You don't want to do this outside a sterile environment since it could introduce things that could hurt the baby or you could cause other damage. You will need to give birth within a certain time from your water breaking.

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