New Paper on Membrane Sweeping Published

Ugezu et al. have just published a paper, on the efficacy of membrane sweeping, in the Irish Journal of Medical Science.

The study was led by Obstetricians in Wexford General Hospital and Cork University Maternity Hospital.

Cervical membrane sweep is a mechanical method of cervical ripening at term gestation with the aim of avoiding prolonged pregnancy and reducing the need for labour induction for this indication. To date, there has been no published data on obstetric outcomes following membrane sweep in an Irish obstetric population or any studies on patient perception/recommendation of membrane sweep in the international literature.

The authors observed that cervical membrane sweep was associated with spontaneous onset of labour within 7 days in the majority of patients, more so in the presence of higher Bishop score and better quality sweep. It has a high level of acceptability among patients and is highly recommended by them to other patients. The need for more than one membrane sweep is associated with less likelihood of spontaneous onset of labour.

View the published paper - Ugezu et al., 2020

National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre

Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 5th Floor, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Wilton, Cork