Amniotomy alone for induction of labour

Evidence Summaries

Level of Evidence = D

There is insufficient evidence from controlled trials of the effectiveness of amniotomy alone for induction of labour.

A Cochrane review 1 included 2 studies with a total of 310 subjects. No conclusions could be drawn from comparisons of amniotomy alone versus no intervention, or amniotomy alone versus oxytocin alone. One trial compared amniotomy alone with a single dose of vaginal prostaglandins for women with a favourable cervix, and found a significant increase in he need for oxytocin augmentation in the amniotomy alone group (44% versus 15%, RR 2.85, 95% CI 1.82 to 4.46).


1. Bricker L, Luckas M. Amniotomy alone for induction of labour. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2000;(4):CD002862 [Review content assessed as up-to-date: 31 January 2007].  [PMID:11034776]

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