I'm right there with you! 40+3 today, have been 80% effaced and 2cm for at least two weeks, have had my membranes stripped twice now at 39 and 40 weeks, and still no luck. I had a NST last Thursday (because they start at 40 weeks for diet controlled Gestational Diabetes) and baby was doing great, but NO contractions happening at all! I have some BH every day, but nothing serious.
I talked to my CNM about induction methods at our hospital, and these are my options:
- Cervidil inserted by the cervix to ripen for 12 hours, which may kick start labor on its own. If not, then start Pitocin at a low dose and go up every 30 min or so until labor takes on its own.
- Cytotec every 4 hrs over a 24 hr. period. I have read lots of conflicting info online about this drug, but I trust my MW and she said if you want to avoid Pitocin, this is the way she would recommend. At our hospital, you can dissolve the med in your cheek, or vaginally, and she said both are likely to stimulate ctx especially if your cervix is already ripe.
I'd recommend the EPO - I've been using it vaginally since 38 weeks, and I think it helped get me to from 50% to 80% in just a week.
Having not been through labor before, I really hope that she comes on her own anyway, and I'm not able to recommend the "best" kind of induction because I'm facing the same thing, but at least thought I'd share the info my MW gave me on Thurs. Good luck and hope your labor kicks in ASAP!!!