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Sweeps and inductions - why have them?

(34 Posts)
Weissdorn Fri 23-Nov-12 22:45:26

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noblegiraffe Sun 25-Nov-12 16:55:34

Why have a sweep? I had a sweep at 41 weeks which kick-started labour. By then I was pretty fed up, huge and in pain and was willing to give anything a try to stop being pregnant!

SoYo Sun 25-Nov-12 19:31:04

Also there's no way of monitoring for stillbirth at term. A CTG will tell you about well ring of the baby while the monitor is on only, no predictive value of how the baby will be later that day/week etc.

Stressed81 Sun 25-Nov-12 22:11:29

I have been induced 3 times. Always by rupturing membranes and have had a baby in my arms within 30 minutes start to finish. One i was 41 +3 one i was 39 weeks and one i was 37 weeks.

Mamateur Mon 26-Nov-12 19:10:48

I think what worried me was that I couldn't find any evidence that sweeps got the birth process started, seeing as they only do it on overdue people anyway, it's not surprising if labour starts soon after sometimes, ifsywim.

Saltytomato Mon 26-Nov-12 20:42:41

When I got my sweep I wasn't overdue, I was only 38+5 but it did nothing....

rrreow Mon 26-Nov-12 21:36:53

Gas & air is great. I don't think it's the same as laughing gas (nitrous oxide), it is a mix of 50% nitrous oxide and 50% oxygen (also called Entonox). I'd make sure if what you've heard of is the same thing. In the UK you can have gas & air for a home birth.

babybythesea Mon 26-Nov-12 22:36:57

I had a sweep which did nothing, followed by an induction which gave me a baby girl 12 hours later.

They did it when I was a week overdue. Not because I was overdue, but because I'd already had close monitoring for a fortnight. The bump stopped growing and scanning showed I was losing fluid as the placenta was developing calcium spots (apparently, not normally seen that early on). It was slowly ceasing to work. Then the baby (who had been really active all the way through pregnancy) stopped moving - they offered me an induction (they put no pressure on me at all) and I couldn't see any reason not to - baby was not moving but had a good heartbeat, we knew my placenta was packing up so it was only going to get worse, and I was a week overdue. If we'd waited, there was the possibility that the baby would have gone into distress and I just didn't want to wait until the baby was in trouble - I preferred to go into the birth with a strong baby knowing it would be tough for her too! It was fine - I slept through a big chunk of labour while DH watched James Bond!

Mamateur Tue 27-Nov-12 09:35:38

When I had my sweep the midwife thought it was hilarious to tickle my baby's head (yes, the baby still up my fanny) and say, I quote, who's a lazy little toe-rag then. angry

I really hated the fact that she'd touched my baby before I got to.

FannyFifer Tue 27-Nov-12 09:42:56

Generally they touch the babies head when giving a sweep though, my midwife told me DD had a load of hair.

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