Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
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I had mine stripped at 42 weeks with my first and went into labor that night. I believe I had them stripped with my second at 40 weeks and went into labor that night. Can you believe I can't remember? I went in for my appointment freaking out and asked if she would do it, so I'm assuming she did. I didn't have a bad experience with it. I do believe it will only "work" if your body is already ready. I was dilated to a 3 both times and fully effaced.
I believe they say if you don't go into labor that day, you're not ready and you won't, at least from the stripping. Both my midwives were awesome and didn't do anything to break my water or make it hurt. So really, you've got to have someone who can do it right and not make things worse.
I have no idea if I'll do it this time. My midwife is going out of town around my 42 week day, which sort of ticks me off, she knew at the beginning I went to 42 with my first. Anyway, we might try some things later, but currently I am 38.5 weeks and I only have bh throughout the day, depending on what I'm doing.