What is a "Dry Birth?"

My mother said that when she had me, she had a "dry birth." I can't find that term in any of my books. What does it mean?

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A "dry birth" is what they used to call a birth in which the bag of waters (amniotic sac) breaks early in labor, as it does about ten percent of the time. It certainly is misnamed because even when this happens, the woman's body continues to make a fresh supply of amniotic fluid right up until the baby is born.

For most women whose water breaks early in labor, contractions start on their own within a few hours and labor progresses normally.

For additional information, read "Your Labor Guide."

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