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What is a sweep?




On my Birthing Programme we educate couples to understand that your Estimation Due Date is an estimate! It's not an expiration date.

For many, your due date will come and go like any other day during pregnancy. The important thing is to remain active and not be disheartened.

You may hear your health providers talk about an induction if you go several days overdue. 

Now it's no secret, I'm not a fan of inductions. However, another option available to you at this stage is a Membrane Sweep.

So what exactly is a membrane sweep? In essence, it's a cervical sweep.

To carry out a membrane sweep, your midwife or doctor will sweep their finger around your cervix during an internal examination. 


This action should separate the membranes of the amniotic sac surrounding your baby from your cervix. This separation releases hormones called prostaglandins, which may kick-start your labour.


It's worth noting, these hormones are found in semen, which is why sex is another way to get things started.


Having a membrane sweep doesn't hurt, but you might experience some discomfort or slight bleeding afterwards. 


A sweep doesn't harm your baby and doesn't effect the type of labour you have. I've heard many positive stories of women going into labour after a membrane sweep.


It's all about knowing your options and taking control of your body and your decisions.


I teach all my couples about their options, how to make the right decision and how to take control of your birth.


I have lots of Birthing Programmes starting next year. To view my upcoming courses click here.


Further Reading:


https://evidencebasedbirth.com/evidence-on-inducing-labor-for-going-past-your-due-date/


https://www.sarawickham.com/articles-2/ten-things-i-wish-every-woman-knew-about-induction-of-labour-the-article/


https://www.cochrane.org/CD004945/PREG_induction-labour-women-normal-pregnancies-or-beyond-37-weeks




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