What is "stripping the membranes" and what does it do?

I know NOTHING about this...what is it? Have you had it done and what did it do for you (if anything)?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:17 PM on Dec. 15, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • "Stripping the membranes. The doctor puts on a glove and inserts a finger into your vagina and through your cervix (the opening that connects the vagina to the uterus). He or she moves the finger back and forth to separate the thin membrane connecting the amniotic sac (which houses the baby and amniotic fluid) to the wall of your uterus. When the membranes are stripped, the body releases hormones called prostaglandins, which help prepare the cervix for delivery and may bring on contractions. This method works for some women, but not all. "
    sunshinebaby209

    Answer by sunshinebaby209 at 12:35 PM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • Has anyone had this done before?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:43 PM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • My friend did and had her daughter 7 days later.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:48 PM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • I had it done with my first child, it didn't work for me. After waiting more than a week I had to be induced. My daughter was a week overdue and weighed 9lbs 6oz.
    slw123

    Answer by slw123 at 1:04 PM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • I heard it hurts like a bitch and sometimes doesn't work. The dr said they were going to do that for me, but they ended up just breaking my water with that hook thingie.
    prettyrayray

    Answer by prettyrayray at 1:06 PM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • I had it done and it kinda hurt, but about a day and a half later I went into labor. It wasn't that bad and I'd get that done again way before I'd ever get induced again!
    mommyof32123

    Answer by mommyof32123 at 2:06 PM on Dec. 15, 2008

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