Women's expectations and experiences of rupture of membranes and views of the potential use of reagent pads for detecting amniotic fluid

Spiby, Helen and Borrelli, Sara E. and Hughes, Anita J. (2017) Women's expectations and experiences of rupture of membranes and views of the potential use of reagent pads for detecting amniotic fluid. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73 (12). pp. 3041-3049. ISSN 1365-2648

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Abstract

Aims

To explore first-time mothers’ expectations and experiences regarding rupture of membranes at term and their views on the potential use of reagent pads that detect amniotic fluid.

Background

There is little information available on women's experiences of spontaneous rupture of membranes, or interest in using methods to confirm rupture of membranes (e.g. reagent pads).

Design

Descriptive qualitative study, using focus groups and telephone interviews with women during pregnancy and after the birth of their first baby. Thematic analysis was undertaken to analyse women's responses.

Methods

Ethics committee approval was obtained. Twenty-five women participated in the study of whom 13 contributed both during pregnancy and postpartum between October 2015–March 2016.

Findings

Three overarching themes were identified from the data from women's expectations and experiences: uncertainty in how, when and where membranes may rupture; information which was felt to be limited and confirmation of rupture of membranes. The potential use of reagent pads met with varied responses.

Conclusion

Women were interested in having facts and figures regarding rupture of membranes, such as characteristics of liquor; volume and probability of membranes rupturing spontaneously at term. Use of a pad as a means of confirmation was viewed as helpful, although the potential for increasing anxiety was raised.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Spiby H, Borrelli S, Hughes AJ. Women's expectations and experiences of rupture of membranes and views of the potential use of reagent pads for detecting amniotic fluid. J Adv Nurs. 2017;73:3041–3049. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.13365, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jan.13365/abstract. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: Amniotic fluid; Early labour; Expectations; Experiences; Midwifery; Nurse-midwifery; Reagent pad; Rupture of membranes; Uncertainty
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.13365
Depositing User: Borrelli, Sara
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2018 13:38
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2018 18:45
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/50137

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