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Before you are offered induction
Before you are offered induction, you should be offered a membrane sweep to help you go into labour before 42 weeks. This involves your obstetrician or midwife placing a finger into the cervix and making a circular, sweeping movement to separate the membranes that surround the baby, or massaging the cervix if this is not possible. It may cause some discomfort, pain or bleeding, but makes it more likely that you will go into labour naturally. You should be offered a membrane sweep at your 40 and 41 week antenatal appointments during your first pregnancy, or your 41 week antenatal appointment if you have had a baby before. If labour does not start after this, you can ask for additional membrane sweeps.