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July 3rd, 2012, 10:47 AM
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Ok, so I am a FTM, clearly anxious and ready to get this show on the road! I am 38wks +2 days, and my OB offered, at last weeks appointment, to do a membrane sweep at tomorrow's appointment. She knows how eager and ready I am to 'do this', and her explanation for it was that it will decrease my chances of going over due, with only the smallest chance that it will put me into labor right away. Part of me thinks "yah, ok, it sounds like a good idea and it's not really doing anything to baby to force her out", but a bigger part of me thinks this baby is going to come when she darn well pleases and I don't want to rush her or bug her.

I think because in my ddc everyone seems so willing to do ANYTHING to go into labor, I kind of get caught up in that hype, but at the end of the day, I want to say I had a natural child birth, and the whole membrane sweep doesn't seem to fit in there. But from what I'm reading on line, I'm seeing a handfull of mid-wives who preform this, so does it fit into a NCB?

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July 3rd, 2012, 11:54 AM
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Personally, it's not something I would do until I was over 40 weeks. It can increase your chance of infection, cause your bag to rupture early, etc. Plus, I've heard that it can be painful.
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July 3rd, 2012, 12:32 PM
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I'm a big fan of trusting the process and leaving things alone unless there is a medical reason to intervene.

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July 3rd, 2012, 01:52 PM
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100% not going to do it. I just can't believe the amount of mamma's who are getting this done/scheduling c-sections (some medically necessary) and inductions. I thought it was 'normal' to let your body go naturally, but it seems more the norm to just "get it out". It's blowing my mind.
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July 8th, 2012, 08:15 AM
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I think a lot of medical professionals make it more about "getting it out" tbh (certainly here in the UK where they are only too eager to schedule inductions, do sweeps etc) and a lot of moms, trusting their professional judgements, just go along with it.

I would have a sweep at 41wk+ if nothing was happening because I'm prepared to do pretty much anything to avoid induction drugs on an IV like I ended up having last time - and they really push induction over here when you're threatening to hit 42wks. But not before.
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July 8th, 2012, 10:21 AM
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I wouldn't do membrane sweep unless I was past 40 weeks. On my birth center's post-date information handout it is listed as one method used to try to "induce" labor naturally. Then again, this is 40+ weeks. They don't start cervix checks until "closer to 40 weeks" and are very hands off anyways. If my midwife suggests it, I'd like go for it because it would probably help move things along and avoid hospital induction. Like PP said, doing it too soon can cause infection, premature rupture of membranes, etc.
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July 8th, 2012, 07:20 PM
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I had a membrane sweep at 41+5 because I had just had a not so great biophysical profile and I was not at all dilated yet. I allowed it because I had planned a home birth and I was terrified of failing my next biophysical profile and needing a hospital induction. I figured a sweep may at least prime my cervix a bit so if a medial induction was necessary it would up the chance of the induction working. As for the pain, it was excruciating and I felt crampy and awful afterward. I really would not recommend having one just because.

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July 11th, 2012, 06:51 PM
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I wouldnt unless I was past 41 weeks. I don't want to take the chance of my water rupturing but baby not being ready and ending up being induced or having a c-section. Or it could kick start labor and I could have problems progressing. Only if necessary will I have it done. I was nervous when my water broke at 38w5d cause I didn't think my body was ready for labor and wouldn't progress quickly. My midwife told me to come in that day at noon since most likely nothing would have started by then. I delivered him 20 minutes before noon. Your body knows when it's ready.
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