Post # 16
While I agree with EVERYTHING PP have posted, I do want to add in very rare cases (mine) during membrane stripping the amniotic sac can be torn.
This happened to me and I was forced to go into labour (within 3 days while fully monitored at the hospital) with a c-section after day three if no baby. I was so mad because I did have a very good relationship with my doctor and think he felt he was doing me a favour. It was pretty awful the whole thing and I do feel pretty negative about membrane stripping.
I do understand ccc_red your concerns about having something thrust on you as it does carry it’s own set of risks.
But again, as PP said really weigh up the facts and keep talking to your doctor!
Good luck to you!!
Post # 17
No advice, but have you listened to “the birth hour” podcast on iTunes?
Post # 18
Since you are now overdue I would suggest talking about the benefits to a membrane sweep. It is really one of the more natural things your doctor can try to get you to go into labor- though there are other things as well. I have been induced and if you want to avoid an induction trying a membrane sweep is a good idea, especially at this point. An induction is not fun. Losing your mucus plug can mean labor is on the way but it is not a guarantee- it can grow back.
Post # 19
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I work as a Medical Office Assistant, so I can say I have “seen behind the curtain”. Some doctors are good, some aren’t. Mother instinct is a STRONG and POWERFUL thing that is a force to be reaconed with. But what is your hesitation really about deep down? Is it really about the membranes, or the trust you have in your doctor?
I don’t know how relevant this is, but I want to tell you to maybe put things in perspective. I was born almost two weeks late. My Mom initially refused getting induced. She too believed I should be allowed to stay as long as I liked and would come out when I was ready. She eventually came around and it turns out I had been in there so long my umbelical cord had begin to discintigrate…the doctor figured if I had of stayed in there a day or two more I could have been in trouble. I also came out very ‘sluggish’. They kept me for TEN DAYS for observation…turns out I was just a really chill baby but they were worried I’d been deprived of nutrients of oxygen in the womb due to me overstaying my welcome. If my Mom had of listened to her doctor and gotten induced when she was first told to there wouldn’t have been any worry and she could have brought me home in a much more timely fashion.
Post # 20
I know most people in this forum are from the US but I was not refering to the US.
I did mention that “other countries” are different and can play by different rules
Anyways, there have been some very helpful comments. Thank you! I think you’re right, maybe I don’t trust my doctor that much… My mom also had bad experiences… Hopefully everything will be ok 🙂
Post # 21
Well let’s be realistic here, by the end of pregnancy a lot of women (myself included) are just ready to have that baby OUT lol. So it’s not unusual for the doctor to ask if you’d like a sweep once you’re full term. But you can decline anything you want.
Post # 22
amandajane4949 : as an RN educator, I am surprised you are still using such an offensive word.
Post # 23
PLEASE stop being afraid of appropriate, conservative medical intervention. Speak candidly with your doctor and calmly but very firmly repeat your questions and concerns until you are satisfied with the answers you receive.
Your doctor is, or SHOULD BE, a trained professional WHO IS YOUR EMPLOYEE. Address her as such and consider her as such.
You are not a little girl, you are an adult woman with questions and cncerns that need to be addressed.
You (your insurance) is paying her salary- get what you’re paying for!!!!!!!!
Post # 24
Been to the doctor a couple of days ago and it was terrible… Felt like I was bullied and almost abused… Left the hospital sobbing and been feeling terrible since.
Ann.reid.9277 is right, and I am quite “stubborn” even, according to my mum :p but the doctor just shoved her hand up my private parts which was painful already (besides the akwardness of the situation…) and then started asking for me to make decisions regarding membrane sweep and induction and whatever… So I was in pain (i’m not into rough sex and knuckles up my vagina is not my idea of pleasant), unconfortable, making decisions I didn’t want to make in the first place!
Going back later today, but with my husband, need the support. I feel bullied by the doctor and then by my mom saying I could kill the child if I don’t do exactly what the doctor says ;(
Wish I could change doctor and have a proper discussion but don’t feel like I can (several reasons…)