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breast stimulation

In pregnancy, nipple rolling or the application of heat to the breasts to elicit release of endogenous oxytocin and to generate uterine contractions. The procedure also has been used to evaluate placental sufficiency in the third trimester and to increase contractions in patients with ruptured membranes and when contractions are absent, rare, irregular, or of poor quality.
See: oxytocin challenge test
See also: stimulation
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One trial reported 4 perinatal deaths in a high-risk population--3 in the breast stimulation group and 1 in the control group--but this finding was not replicated in any other trials)
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While induction of labor is beyond the scope of this paper, it should be noted that two randomized studies, using small numbers of patients, have shown that breast stimulation is effective in ripening the cervix and inducing labor.