I was hoping some of the MW's could help me out with this one. My MW just told me that starting next week they will start massaging the membranes to get labor going. Is this the same as stripping or sweeping the membranes? I have heard some bad things about stripping the membranes & do not want it done. They don't want me to go past 41 weeks because it is hospital policy to do a c/s after that. I really want my VBAC & would not voluntarily schedule a c/s just because of an arbitrary time constraint. I have never gone past 39 weeks, so I really wasn't worried about the time limit, but I don't know that my MW's are on board with me. I will not even be 37 weeks at my next appt (36 1/2) & am nowhere near being ready to have this baby. I need to go to at least 39 weeks before I will be ready If they do strip the membranes, what effect could it have? Would my water break right away, within the day? Right now my cervix is long & closed & baby is head down, but not really engaged in the pelvis yet. It seems like my body is not yet ready for labor so would stripping the membranes not be effective? Is it only effective if you are ready to labor anyway? What are the chances they could accidentally break my water? Is stripping the membranes something that is routinely done? What are some bad things that could happen? Could it hurt the baby in any way? Sorry for all the questions, but I know they will give me hell if I refuse & I want to back up my case with some knowledge on the subject. Thanks to anyone who can help.
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6/29/06 at 6:12pm