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Stripping the Membranes to Induce Labor

Your doctor might strip your membranes to help get labor going—but what does that mean, and does it really work? Here's the scoop.

To “strip” your membranes, your doctor will sweep her (gloved) finger over the thin membranes that connect the amniotic sac and your uterus. This prompts your body to release prostaglandins, hormones that ripen the cervix and can bring on contractions. This procedure won’t be done unless you go past your due date, and even then it isn’t guaranteed to work.

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