I had my membranes stripped at 40 weeks during my last pregnancy. I had some contractions throughout the night and morning but nothing regular at all. At lunch time, my water broke. I spoke with my midwives (I had a home birth) and although it was just long-term talk, I definately felt like I was "on the clock". I was lucky that, like in most labors, active labor began several hours after my water breaking. Those hours were a little stressful though. It was also a pain that my water would leak all over while I was walking. Even with pads on, I felt like I was peeing on myself all the time. My labor/birth went exactly as a membrane-stripping labor should go...water breaking followed by contractions and a baby. I got what I wanted. However, looking back, there are definately things that could have gone wrong. I would consider it again this time but not at 40 weeks. I would probably do it at around 41.5 weeks to avoid hospital induction (or UC as midwives in FL can't deliver at home after 42 weeks). Anyway, sorry so long
! I guess I stand in the camp that says let your baby decide when to come. HTH!