Originally Posted by wombatclay
To the OP- I had my membranes stripped twice while pregnant with my first...once at 41 weeks and once at 42 weeks post-dates. I didn't go into labor until three days after the second attempt, so at least for me it clearly didn't do much! It also wasn't any more uncomfortable than a pelvic exam usually is. But obviously other mamas have other experiences.
Like any intervention there are pros and cons and you should gather info and make your own decision. And like most of the induction methods at the more "natural" end of the spectrum, stripping the membranes certainly doesn't assure you of being in labor within a few hours! However, if you are past dates and faced with certain situations then it could be worth trying before moving onto more medical induction methods. It really depends on your individual situation, WHY you want or need to push your birthing, and all that jazz.
I'd suggest starting with more moderate induction methods (EPO, sexual activity, nipple stimulation, RRL tea, walking, pineapple, etc) to see if your body and babe is ready before moving on to stripping...
Good luck and happy birthing!
Originally Posted by YumaDoula
This is a place for Natural Family Living; inducing labor is NOT natural. In some cases it is medically necessary (I had an induction with twins due to chronic TTTS at 34w) but disregarding the very real risks to you AND your baby just because you feel that you are ready to finish being pregnant is irresponsible.
|Sweeping the membranes during a cervical examination is done to bring on labour in women at term. The review of trials found that sweeping brings on labour and is generally safe where there are no other complications. Sweeping reduces the need for other methods of labour induction such as oxytocin or prostaglandins. The review also found that sweeping can cause discomfort during the procedure, some bleeding and irregular contractions.|
Originally Posted by Farmingmom
MW offered to strip membranes at end of week if I am still waiting on arrival!!
Anyone had any luck with having membranes stripped?
Any bad experiences?
Any thoughts on this?
Originally Posted by aran
If this is not unwelcoming (especially given that's all you wrote in the post quoted first, above), I don't know what is.
Please see post #14