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Delaying labour after unwanted membrane sweep?


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#1 darcy2013

Posted 07 September 2013 - 10:11 AM

Hi, I saw my OB yesterday (Friday) at 38 weeks 5 days. He said he wanted to check my cervix, which he did, noting my plug was gone. He then proceeded to do a cervical / membrane sweep on me but only told me as he was finishing it!!

I didn't want any 'help' for my delivery unless I went past my due date (and we booked in an induction for 40w5d due to my age) so I'm completely distraught!! Also, when I asked my OB if he was on-call this weekend, he replied no!! It also happens that the OB on-call is the one OB that my GP did not want me seeing due to something funny about a malpractice suit previously filed against the on-call OB!

I am horrified at the prospect of delivering this weekend with the NON-recommended OB, especially as my OB sent me down this path without talking to me first!! Does anyone know of any way to delay or prevent labour following a membrane sweep?? I am seriously considering staying in bed all weekend...

#2 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 07 September 2013 - 10:19 AM

It probably won't work, if your body isn't ready to go (my 2 didn't).  It's NOT the same as breaking your waters.

He still shouldn't have done it without your consent!

#3 *cough*

Posted 07 September 2013 - 10:21 AM

I know absolutely nothing but I'm horrified for you. That is so inappropriate!

I hope you're able to hold out over the weekend.

#4 Swan Lake

Posted 07 September 2013 - 10:24 AM

If its any peace of mind I had my first membrane sweep at 38 weeks (I was 2cms dilated at the time). I then had another one 39 weeks, 40 weeks and 41 weeks. I finally had DD at 41+6.

Stay in bed all weekend if that will help keep you more relaxed. Your baby will come when it's ready and not just because of a membrane sweep.

As for your OB, did you ask him why he did that without your permission? If you don't deliver this weekend and it ends up being with your OB, you'll need to set some pretty clear ground rules with him about what intervention you'd be happy with. You really need to trust the person who is delivering your baby.

Edited by Honey Pot, 07 September 2013 - 10:27 AM.


#5 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 07 September 2013 - 10:25 AM

Hopefully it doesn't work. I had stretch and sweeps done when I was post dates and neither worked for either pregnancy.

I'm sorry that you've gne through that, try to take it easy this weekend.

#6 Future-self

Posted 07 September 2013 - 10:26 AM

AS far as I was told, unless you're 'ready' otherwise, a sweep really won't help.So it won't begin a labour that wasn't going to begin anyway. Definitely relax, spend this weekend resting anyway though :)

Did you discuss previously with your OB that you definitely didn't want ANY intervention, no matter how minor, until you were overdue???? He really shouldn't have done it without talking to you, that's so inappropriate :( Definitely let him know at some stage that he may consider it so minor in the scheme of things that he didn't think you wouldn't want it, but he needs permission as it is your body!

#7 Soontobegran

Posted 07 September 2013 - 10:33 AM

It won't work unless you are ready to labour anyway so I think you can relax.
I would however be taking it up with your caregiver that you were given a S&S without your permission.....that is not on at all.
Good luck.

#8 fidodido

Posted 07 September 2013 - 10:35 AM

I had a stretch and sweep with my 2nd (Friday) and told I would go that weekend as everything was looking set to go. She took another week to arrive.



#9 Guest_Ella Minnow Pea_*

Posted 07 September 2013 - 10:55 AM

I had a s&s the day before I was due, told everything looked good to go and I would definitely deliver that weekend, lost the plug over the weekend and still ended up getting induced the next week...

#10 Velociraptor

Posted 07 September 2013 - 01:58 PM

I'm not certain but think a S&S has almost no chance of bringing on labour unless it was going to start within a few days anyway.

Edited by Velociraptor, 07 September 2013 - 01:59 PM.


#11 darcy2013

Posted 09 September 2013 - 09:13 AM

Thank you!! I read your comments and took it really easy on the weekend ... and thankfully the baby stayed put!!! It was fairly painful (though nothing compared to labour I'm sure) on Saturday with lots of cramping.

I hadn't talked re membrane sweeping with my OB but I said I wanted to give the baby time to come on his own. I was stunned by my OB's action and asked re the weekend OB on my way out (as I thought of it). I WILL be talking to him re no more sweeps and asking me first!! My husband is also coming with me from now on - he wasn't happy either.

Thanks again everyone - I hope we all have good runs to our deliveries!!!




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