Assumption: If water breaks before labor begins, labor must be induced within 24 hours to avoid infection.
In this study, women with premature rupture of the membranes (PROM) between 34 and 37 weeks were assigned to two different groups. Some were induced and others were monitored. There was no significant difference in outcomes between the two groups.
Since I was in this situation myself, I was very interested in this study. I am glad to know that it is safe to wait for the baby and that an immediate induction is not necessary to protect the baby from harm. Since induction drugs often lead to more difficult contractions and inhibited hormone release, I made the decision to avoid them, personally. Knowing she is not putting her baby at risk will help others make this decision with peace of mind. 🙂