(Closed) Cervical sweep?

posted 9 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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@Zippy: yes a cervical sweep or a membrane sweep (same thing) are common. I had a partial sweep at 38 weeks and a full at 39 weeks. Did your doctor say if you are dilated or effaced yet?

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I had a sweep at 37 and 38 weeks; I went into labor before my 39 week appointment.  It was a little uncomfortable for me, but didn’t hurt.  Cervical checks also didn’t hurt for me, though, so I might be in the minority.

You can’t sweep the membranes unless you are at least a little bit dialated, since her finger actually has to enter your cervix in order to dettach the bag of waters from the wall of the uterus.  So you must be a little bit dialated, or your midwife wouldn’t be able to do it.

When I was trying decide if I wanted my membranes swept (my docotr asked my at my 36 week appointment), I came across some research that routine membrane sweeps at 37 – 39 weeks may discourage women from going overdue.  I’ll try to find the link again, but I believe the study found that midwives who routinely swept membranes at 37 – 39 weeks had fewer patients go overdue and fewer patients to need inductions than midwives who did not do membrane sweeps.

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Ok, I can’t find the article I originally read, but if you google “studies on membrane sweeping” you’ll get a lot of hits.  There’s evidence that membrane sweeps are safe and effective for inducing labor in most situations, but the choice of whether to have your membranes swept is, imo, a decision you and your doctor should make.  Some people are uncomfortable with any/all interventions, some people want to wait until they are past their due date before trying “natural” induction methods, and some people are ok with doing it before their due date. 

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Oh I’d never heard of this.  Is this typically only done by mid-wives? 

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@jennifer_espos:  No, both midwives and doctors do it, but there’s varying opinions on when/if it should be done.  No all medical professionals agree with membrane sweeps.

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