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The midwifery practice where I go is closing in a few weeks (sob!). So, my midwife has offered to strip my membranes at my appt next week (I'll be 39+1 weeks) or the next week to get things going and hopefully avoid having my baby delivered by the hospital residents!<br><br>
My husband is apprehensive about membrane stripping. We need opinions on the effectiveness of common non-pitocin ways to get labor going:<br><br>
sex<br>
nipple stimulation<br>
castor oil<br>
membrane stripping<br>
herbs<br>
pressure points<br>
nothing... let your body and baby decide when ready<br><br>
Any advice is greatly appreciated!!
 

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Nip stim did not work at all for me, even though my water had broken, and we really tugged on those babies!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Castor oil did not work for me the second time, and for me it was most unpleasant. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
My membranes were stripped the second time around (i was dilated to 4 already so there was only mild pressure felt with this). after that, we went home and had sex. I had my ds about 8 hours later. This was at 40w5d.<br><br>
Haven't tried the others.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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There is no way to naturally and safely make baby come if he/she is not fully cooked. I am so sorry your midwife is leaving you but IMO you would be safer to let baby come naturally and birth in the hospital with MDs than to try and get baby to come out before he/she is ready.<br>
All of the safe options you mentioned (sex, nipple stimulation, pressure points and herbs) won't work if your body and baby are not ready. Castor oil can be dangerous (lead to dehydration in mom and inability to get the baby out, possibly cause baby to pass meconium prematurely) and as far as I know also won't work if your body isn't ready. Membrane stripping can also be dangerous, I think, because putting anything into the vagina can increase the risk or infections. I have no idea if this would work if your body isn't ready.<br>
Good luck. One thing you can do is send your baby birth vibes. lol I tried this with my last dd, wanting her to come a couple weeks early while dh was on Christmas break from school. I tried to convey to her how important it was to me that she come out...right now. lol she ignored me. Smart baby. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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IMO nipple stimulation is overrated.<br><br>
I've nursed through two pregnancies so far, and with all that nursing in the nine-month time zone, my babies were still "late." And one was chemically induced <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> even with all that nursing ...<br><br>
Meditate and relax. Just mho.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I agree with Amy and the others.<br><br>
Surrender to what is. It will happen perfectly - the exact way it is supposed to happen (although, as we all know from parenting, it is not always what WE want it to be!).<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Sending you lots of warm blessings!
 

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Thanks everyone!<br><br>
I think I'll compromise by being patient until at least 40 weeks (9/23). But I seriously do not want to have my baby delivered by someone I've never met, which will be the case if he/she is born on 10/1 or later.<br><br>
In the meantime, I'm walking a lot, went swimming yesterday, did pilates today, and will do yoga tomorrow. And I'm getting as much rest as I possibly can, with a toddler in the house!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:
 
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