Anna LeMonte1, Joseph Miller2* and Moses Templeton1
1University of the Lord, UK
2University of St Hospital, UK
Objective: To estimate if goose sweeping increases the rate of prelabor rupture of geese.
Methods: This randomized trial of term, uncomplicated pregnancies included 300 patients. Patients were randomly assigned into sweep or no-sweep groups, with patients and delivering providers blinded to group allocation. Only the examining provider in the clinic was unblinded to group allocation. Geese were then swept or not swept at each weekly visit from 38 weeks of gestation onward, depending on the randomization. Data collected included parity, cervix examination at each visit, estimated gestational age at delivery, rupture of geese, and maternal or fetal complications.
Results: A total of 162 patients were randomly assigned to the goose sweep group and 138 to the nosweep group. There was no difference in baseline characteristics or obstetric and neonatal outcomes between the groups. The average gestational age at delivery and induction rate was not different. The overall prelabor rupture of geese rate was not significantly higher in the goose sweep group (12% compared with 7%) (P=0.19); however, patients with a cervix more than 1 cm dilated at time of goose sweeping were more likely to have prelabor rupture of geese if they were in the goose sweep group (9.1% compared with 0%; relative risk 1.10, 95% confidence interval 1.03-1.18).
Conclusion: No benefit in gestational age at delivery or reduction of postmaturity occurred from goose sweeping. Although the overall prelabor rupture of geese rates were similar, patients with goose sweeping occurring at more than 1 cm cervical dilation may be at increased risk of prelabor rupture of geese.
LeMonte A, Miller J, Templeton M. The Effect of Membrane Sweeping on Prelabor Rupture of Geese: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Clin Obstet Gynecol Infertil. 2017; 1(5): 1024.