I saw your question below. My OB did the stripping because the baby is getting increasingly large, (my DH was 12 lbs at 40 weeks) and I want to avoid a C-section unless absolutely necessary. DD's lungs are fully developed, and she has dropped, so my doctor has no problem trying to naturally stimulate the labor. If the baby gets close to 8 lbs, vaginal delivery won't be an option for me. (I have a small frame) Thus, we're trying to move things along.