Lorna Davis, CNM, MSN graduated from the Saint Louis Univeristy nurse-midwifery program in 1978. After working for the Maternity Center Association for three years, she joined a private practice. She is currently in practice in New York City with Nancy Kraus, CNM, Joanne Monson, CNM, Marcia Storch, MD, Shelley Kolton, MD, and Beth Shimlock, MD.
THE USE OF CASTOR OIL TO STIMULATE LABOR IN PATIENTS WITH PREMATURE RUPTURE OF MEMBRANES
Article first published online: 10 JAN 2011
1984 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 29, Issue 6, pages 366–370, November-December 1984
How to Cite
Davis, L. (1984), THE USE OF CASTOR OIL TO STIMULATE LABOR IN PATIENTS WITH PREMATURE RUPTURE OF MEMBRANES. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 29: 366–370. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(84)90166-6
- Issue published online: 10 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 10 JAN 2011
Induction of labor is often necessary in patients with premature rupture of membranes. While the effect of oxytocin to stimulate labor is well established, it is potentially hazardous to both the mother and infant. In this study, castor oil was evaluated as a method to induce labor in uncomplicated patients at term gestation with premature rupture of membranes. A total of 196 patients with premature rupture of membranes was studied retrospectively. Of 107 patients who received castor oil, 75% went into labor as compared to 58% of 89 control patients who went into labor spontaneously (P < 0.02). On the basis of these results, it is concluded that castor oil, which is more economical and convenient than oxytocin, can be used safely and effectively to stimulate labor.