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Why do people have their membranes stripped, what is the purpose??


Asked by Anonymous at 4:18 AM on Oct. 29, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • Membrane stripping is what the above people said.. but.. it's really not the best way to induce labor. Relatively rough sex would be just as good a cervical irritant and ripener and far less likely to lead to a possible prolapsed umbilical cord or infection (mainly because they stick their fingers up there after the water breaks) due to premature rupture of the membranes.. And plus if your membranes rupture most doctors incorrectly chemically induce labor.

    If labor wants to be "naturally" induced herbs are also good alternatives... but honestly if the baby isn't ready the baby isn't ready.

    If it is for -medical- reasons, herbs and rough sex are better to try first. Then trying membrane stripping. THEN finally other medical methods.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:32 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

  • it can lead to water breakage. It is the more 'natural' way to induce labour

    Answer by Amelora at 4:19 AM on Oct. 29, 2009

  • cochrane collaboration's website has good info.

    it's a technique to induce labor, but there are risks. like pp said it can lead to water breaking before labor starts, which can be bad because if your water breaks and then labor doesn't start for a couple of days it increases the chance of infection :) also if your water does break, many OBs will want to induce with drugs, which have their own risks. it's best to let baby come when s/he decides imo but if there is a medical need to induce, stripping membranes can be a good alternative to drugs as a first try

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:26 AM on Oct. 29, 2009

  • cuz it induces labor in some people. i got mine done at 38 wks and i had her the next day

    Answer by piwife at 10:34 AM on Oct. 29, 2009