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Did stripping membranes "work" for anyone?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
My midwife just did it, with my permission and I'm just impatient and wondering if anyone had it work for them. She didn't seem to think that it would do anything, just that there was a SLIGHT possibility that it would. My original due date was the 17th of last month so we're hoping to move things along...
post #2 of 17
I had it done 2ce with my last one, at 39 wks 4 days, again at 40 wks 4days. Needless to say it did cause some cx, tons of bad cramping soreness, but I got induced at 41 1/2 weeks. I tried DTD, EPO, walked a ton, etc, but nothing worked. Now when I got induced if you call it that, I didn't have any pitocin, just cervadil the gel and that's all I needed. I went from 1cm to 10cm in 4 hours, and he started coming out on his own. SO, my body was ready it just needed a lil' jumpstart. I was very reluctant on getting induced, but I'm glad I did. When my water broke at the hospital, the nurse said the fluid was low and meconium stained. She said both prolly from being overdue.

Hang in there. Your baby will come when he/she's ready.

However, knowing what I know now, I wouldn't get my membranes stripped. It was very uncomfortable afterwards and obviously didn't work. Hopefully though it works for you. They say you'll know in the 1st 48 hours
post #3 of 17
it worked for my 2nd.. she stripped me at my appt at a bout 2 pm... i went into labor 10ish had a wicked intense 2 hr labor and baby came without midwife there. If given the option again I probably wouldn;t.. I liked the nice 6 hr labor much better.
post #4 of 17
I went into labor exactly 3 days after each membrane stripping.
post #5 of 17
I had a very long early labor, the midwife broke my water and it did absolutely nothing to get things moving. Still ended up transferring to hospital for pit and epidural, and delivery nearly 11 hours after having my water broken (72 or so hours after starting with the first contractions)
post #6 of 17
Not for me...

I was soo uncomfortable by the time I was 40wks bc dd was so low and posterier (coudn't get her to turn) that my MW brought it up with me...I was already about 4cm and 80ish% so I said sure....I'm halfway there already and it's been pretty painless cept for the backpain..

So she did it and a few hours later I had a few ctx but that was it....

We did it again, twice, the following week with the same results..

Finally at 42w3d we did it and then did it again the next day...

Nada...nothing...

I was induced 3 days later.....and dd still didnt wanna come out....she broke my water and even though the rest of labor was a bit slower than expected she arrived...all 9lbs of her......she's just as stubborn today at 3....

Baby will come in time....
post #7 of 17
I had my membranes stripped with my first two and had a baby in my arms within 36 hours both times.
Wendi
post #8 of 17
It worked for me. Had it done around 4ish pm and was in obvious labor within the hour. DS was born about 29 hours later. I think my body was right on the edge of going into labor, but ds's head was not well applied, so it caused a long stall(about 9 hours with putsy contx, and no dilation).
post #9 of 17
Yes, it worked for me. I had it done on a Monday afternoon and went into labor at 3am on Wednesday.
post #10 of 17
Well, kinda.

Had it done three times in 48 hours (impending OB visit made me antsy). After the third one (!) I finally started labor but it was a sloooooow lazy kind of deal. So we broke my water : Seems to me that membrane stripping is Just Like Every Other Induction Method.

Works when you're going to go into labor anyways.
post #11 of 17
After 1.5 weeks of prodromal labor, the MW stripped my membranes. I didn't even feel it, but I did start feeling strong cramps by the time I was walking out of her office. The cramps were regular contractions by a few hours later and DS was born the next morning. Don't really know if the membrane stripping really did anything. My body had been trying to go into labor for a while and I think regardless, DS would have been born really soon.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by Meg_s View Post
My midwife just did it, with my permission and I'm just impatient and wondering if anyone had it work for them. She didn't seem to think that it would do anything, just that there was a SLIGHT possibility that it would. My original due date was the 17th of last month so we're hoping to move things along...
Worked here.
post #13 of 17
Did not work for me, I know of several women that it did work for.
post #14 of 17
So, OP, anything happening?
post #15 of 17
It didn't work for me or my sister, but I also know of women who it did work for. The only thing that ever really worked for getting me started into labor was nipple stimulation, and only with my first.
post #16 of 17
I had it done at 4 days overdue, a monday at 4pm. I gave birth the next day at 3:09pm. I totally think it is what set me into real labor.

T
post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
Nothing happening!! I had a doc's appt. today to check things just to make sure everything was fine, which of course it was. The doctor actually used the word "huge" to describe the baby in the ultrasound heheh. Now it's just more waiting. Nipple stim doesn't do anything for me, I have not been making milk for quite some time, but my almost 20 month old is still very booby greedy and I've been encouraging him to nurse as much as he wants but it never starts anything. Thanks for all the responses!
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