Date of Award
College of Nursing
A retrospective design was used to examine the relationship between spontaneous rupture of membranes in term gestation gravid women and decreased barometric pressure of ten millibars or greater in the twenty-four hours proceeding the rupture of membranes. Delivery logbooks and charts of all women who were admitted to a Midwestern Hospital in 1997-1998 with spontaneous rupture of membranes (N-533) were examined and data from the Midwest Climate Center was utilized to determine the changes in barometric pressure within the twenty-four hours proceeding the documented rupture of membranes.
No correlation was elucidated between the timing of spontaneous rupture of the amniotic membranes and atmospheric pressure changes. If such a cause and effect relationship exists, it remains to be determined.
Owen, Linda M., "Concurrence of Decreases in Barometric Pressure and Spontaneous Rupture of Membranes in Term Gravid Women" (1999). Masters Theses. 510.