What is it about?

A meta-analysis of the effectiveness and safety of membrane sweeping to promote labour, and prevent the need to consider induction of labour for postmaturity.

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Why is it important?

To look at safe and effective alternatives in giving women choice and autonomy regarding decisions on postmature pregnancies.


With a huge increase in the amount of women being offered induction of labour for postmaturity, I hope this article helps to clarify the safety and effectiveness of an alternative intervention which helps to promote spontaneous labour, and therefore reduce the number of women being offered a formal induction of labour. Within my own Trust, women are now made an offer of a membrane sweep at 38 weeks pregnant onwards.

Helen Avdiyovski
University of Bradford

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This page is a summary of: Membrane sweeping at term to promote spontaneous labour and reduce the likelihood of a formal induction of labour for postmaturity: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, October 2018, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/01443615.2018.1467388.
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