Oh boy do I hear everyone's pain here!!!
I have gone two weeks overdue with all three of my kiddos. It's torture even if you're not having contractions. Especially when you consider that as soon as you hit 38 weeks you start thinking that you could meet your little babe any day.....and 42 weeks is a whole
So, my words of caution.....stripping membranes has some possible negative side effects, you may want to do some research before you agree to it or have it done repeatedly. I've also heard from midwives that castor oil can get labor started but has some negatives that can make for a difficult labor.
I have decided with this pregnancy to accept that this baby will come in his/her own time. Yes it's uncomfortable (if I could get this sprout out right now, I would!!)
but in actuality some of the "natural" ways to induce labor (ie: nipple stim, castor oil, stripping of membranes) can get you started on a slippery slope toward interventions that you don't want just as some of the medical ways can.
I'm sorry you've had some negative response with this post. Of course it's fair that you're feeling "done"!!! Here's what I've been doing lately.....Hug your belly, that baby loves you and doesn't want you to be uncomfortable. Talk to your little one and let him/her know that you're ready when they are. Your loving arms are excitedly waiting to hold them close and meet them for the first time earthside!