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Stripping Membranes?

Posted by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 5:44 PM
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How do they do it? 
What exactly are they stripping? (Im not sure what  'membranes' are I guess...lol) 
How far along do you have to be?
Do you have to be dilated or effaced?

ok...thanks ladies!

by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 5:44 PM
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djspacegirl
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 5:49 PM

from what i understand: there are membranes that attach the gestational sack to your uterus and when a midwife/ob "strips" them, they just insert their finger and break the membranes near the opening.  my midwife did this for me, per my request, my last pregnancy at 41 weeks.   i don't know if you have to be dilated or effaced for it to have any effect.  i do know that if the baby isn't ready, the membranes will just grow back and nothing will happen except a little spotting and some mild contractions that don't go anywhere.  i'll see if i can find anything online that explains it better...

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djspacegirl
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 5:54 PM

here's one of the several pages about it i found online:

 http://birthing-options.suite101.com/article.cfm/stripping_membanes

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