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
at 9:26 AM on Oct. 29, 2009