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Are there any stats on how likely it is to break your water or cause an infection or any other problem?<br><br>
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found an intense discussion about stripping membranes and whether it interferes with the normal flow of labors and/or can cause complications --on midwifery today's forums...but no definitive conclusion...<br><br>
Still looking, though.
 

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all the info (a handful of studies I have foud over the years) simply tracks whether it actually helps start labor or not.
 

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this is from a 2005 Cochrane review--- I think that it is interesting that it reduced use of other methods of induction- and that it is that effective 1 protected out of 8 done, with no increase in infection to mom or baby---<br>
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2005 Jan 25;(1):CD000451.<br>
Update of:<br>
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2001;(2):CD000451.<br>
Membrane sweeping for induction of labour.<br><br>
Boulvain M, Stan C, Irion O.<br><br>
Unite de Developpement en Obstetrique, Maternite Hopitaux Universitaires de<br>
Geneve, Departement de Gynecologie et d'Obstetrique, Boulevard de la Cluse, 32,<br>
Geneva 14, Switzerland, CH-1211. <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><br>
MAIN RESULTS: Twenty-two trials (2797 women) were included, 20 comparing sweeping of membranes with no treatment, three comparing sweeping with prostaglandins and one comparing sweeping with oxytocin (two studies reported more than one comparison). Risk of caesarean section was similar between groups (relative risk (RR) 0.90, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.70 to 1.15). Sweeping of the membranes, performed as a general policy in women at term, was associated with reduced duration of pregnancy and reduced frequency of pregnancy continuing beyond 41 weeks (RR 0.59, 95% CI 0.46 to 0.74) and 42 weeks (RR 0.28, 95% CI 0.15 to 0.50). To avoid one formal induction of labour, sweeping of membranes must be performed in eight women (NNT = 8). There was no evidence of a difference in the risk of maternal or neonatal infection. Discomfort during vaginal examination and other adverse effects (bleeding, irregular contractions) were more frequently reported by women allocated to sweeping. Studies comparing sweeping with prostaglandin administration are of limited sample size and do not provide evidence of benefit.
 

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I don't mean to hijack this thread, but our back up OB suggested sweeping the membranes would be advisable for me when I get closer to term since I'm having my first baby (twins actually) at 42 yrs old. She said that at this age my cervix wouldn't be as pliable and would require help. I'm not sure that our midwife agrees and she's my primary HCP, but I'm still curious what others here think about this advice. I'm wary of interventions unless there's an obvious indication for them.
 

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I'll let the midwives answer definitively...but in my doula clients who are over 40, I haven't seen that to be an issue...although I do HEAR it from their practitioners a lot. I would say to be sure to get enough oils and protein to help your tissues be supple...and have your babies! But, anybody else?
 

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My sister is in the military and they were going to force her to induce if she went more than a week and a few days over. So she agreed to sweep membranes, they did it once at 39+4 and again at 40+4 and she went into labor that night. She had an aweful, painful, long labor and her babe was only at 0 station after 18 hrs labor. She finally had her after 24 hrs of hard labor with lots of pushing. I don't know if the sweeping made her go into labor when she wasn't quite ready or if it didn't change a thing. I feel like totally natural is better, my dd, (1st one) was born 7 months ago with only 4 hours of intense but awesome labor, well, it was awesome when we got to the pushing, up to that point it was hell <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My birth was at home though and hers was at a hospital. I think that makes a big difference.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't mean to hijack this thread, but our back up OB suggested sweeping the membranes would be advisable for me when I get closer to term since I'm having my first baby (twins actually) at 42 yrs old. She said that at this age my cervix wouldn't be as pliable and would require help. I'm not sure that our midwife agrees and she's my primary HCP, but I'm still curious what others here think about this advice. I'm wary of interventions unless there's an obvious indication for them.</div>
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How about waiting to see how your labor goes and see what happens? Just an option.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">How about waiting to see how your labor goes and see what happens? Just an option.</div>
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That's my plan and turns out the midwife (OB is only for back up) is in agreement with me.
 
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