I've had it done twice. Once with my third pg - ds2. I had a CNM. I went in for my 37 wk check. I was 2-3 cms dilated and 50% effaced. She stripped me with out my permission. I realized what she had done when she pulled out her fingers and the gloves were covered in blood.
She very proudly said "we'll have a baby by the weekend." I went into labor the next night. I couldn't believe she did it at 37 wks with no permission.
: Thankfully, he was 7lbs 6oz and everything was fine. It was my easiest birth.
The second time, was with my 4th pg - dd2. I had a homebirth with a CPM - (the same one who did my first - dd1) In the five years since I worked with her, she changed her practice a lot. She's a lot more medically minded - although a wonderful mw. I had PTL starting at 32 weeks. I got up from bedrest at 36wks. She was worried I was going to go really fast (I was 4cms and the baby was a +2 station for 4 weeks
: ) and I think she was worried I was getting discouraged about getting up and still not having the baby. Like my bedrest was for no reason. At 38wks she suggested we "nudge" things along with evening primrose oil and stripping. For some reason I agreed. (I tend to just submit to the "authority" when I'm birthing - it's not going to happen again!)
I started having ctx 15 min after the exam. I ended up having a 12 hour labor and it was really, really, really, hard. I went through transition and had pushing ctx. She checked me and said I had a lip and would like me hold off pushing for a few ctx. No big deal, I've always had a lip. She also gave me some tincture to "relax my cervix." I remember thinking in the back of my mind "if I'm fully dilated except for a lip and I have pushing ctx why do I need to relax my cervix..." After 3 or 4 ctx I said screw this, push the lip out of the way, I'm pushing. What she didn't tell me was that I was 6 cms!!!!! Later she said she didn't want to discourage me. 6 cms is a whole lot different than a lip in my opinion. I would have changed positions, done what it took to fully dilate.
Anyway... she manually dilated my cervix while I pushed my dd out and it was the most excruciating thing I have ever felt. She came out all white and floppy and took a while to start. It was really traumatic and I'm just now (22months later) starting to get over it.
SO... after the novel, I've had it done twice and I will never do it again. For some reason, I needed that experience to help me get over my fear of confrontation and my ridiculous submissiveness. It worked for me, both times. But I don't think my body was ready. I would only use it if there was a medically justified reason to induce and I could avoid pit...