The doctor may strip the membranes to induce labor for a pregnant woman, according to WebMD. This procedure involves detaching the amniotic sac from the uterus wall to produce hormones that may initiate contractions. Membrane stripping may cause discomfort for the pregnant woman.
There are various reasons for a pregnant woman and her doctor to induce labor. A woman whose water breaks early without any signs of labor may require labor induction as does a woman who has passed her due date or a woman with a prior history of stillbirth. A doctor may also recommend labor induction for a woman who has a medical condition that may threaten her health or that of her baby, states MedlinePlus.