At SMFM Annual Meeting in New Orleans, USA, February 3 – February 8, 2014 the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin, Ireland presented data from their AFL monitoring study.
The Irish study included 905 delivering women. The data presented confirmed previously published result that a high level of lactate in amniotic fluid (AFL) has a high correlation with Cesarean section. The Irish study also confirmed that “increasing AFL was associated with higher total oxytocin dosage”. In the study, Spontaneously labouring Single Cephalic Nulliparous women with a gestational age > 37 weeks of gestation were included.
These findings confirm that AFL can be used as a good bedside tool when treating women suffering from a dysfunctional labour. By using AFL monitoring in combination with oxytocin infusion, the frequency of operative deliveries can be reduced and delivery times optimized.