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Amniotomy for shortening spontaneous labour

  • Protocol
  • Intervention


  • R Smyth,

  • SK Alldred,

  • C Markham

Ms Rebecca Smyth, Research Midwife, Division of Perinatal and Reproductive Medicine, Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust, Crown Street, Liverpool, L8 7SS, UK.


This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows:

To determine the effectiveness and safety of amniotomy alone for (1) routinely shortening all labours that start spontaneously and (2) shortening labours that have started spontaneously, but have become prolonged.