I don't have the link to the study (hopefully someone else will) but I can tell you anecdotally that when I had my son in a hospital in 2002, my water broke at the onset of labor, and the staff there had no problem letting me hang out in the birth Jacuzzi as long as I wanted to. For what that's worth.
My understanding is that if you're in active labour, it's no problem. it's when your waters have broken but you haven't started labour yet that you're careful because it could potentially still be days.
it's a very old study and Ronnie has it on her archive site-- gentle birth org<br><br><a href="http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/siegel60.html" target="_blank">http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/siegel60.html</a><br><br>
there is also this study after ROM<br><br><a href="http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1523-536X.1992.tb00381.x" target="_blank">http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi...1992.tb00381.x</a>
Hmmm...wonder if there is something more recent?<br><br>
My water broke ~12 hours before contractions began and my care provider (family practice doc) didn't see any problem with a bath at home. And when contractions did start and I arrived at the hospital (about a day later) they didn't mind my being in the birth tub.<br><br>
This pregnancy my care providers (a husband-wife OB team) also don't mind a mama using the tub after the water breaks...and actually, when I asked last visit about their PROM feelings they actualy said that as long as mama and babe are doing well they wouldn't think of pushing induction or delivery. In fact, one of them did a fair chunk of research on PROM and is happy waiting up to 11 WEEKS as long as everyone is healthy/happy.<br><br>
I have an appointment next week...maybe they'll have more research I could grab for mdc!