My midwife has offered me a stretch and sweep on Wednesday, but am in two minds about having it. If it induced immediate labour then that would be good as will have DH with me on Wednesday evening, but he has to work Thursday night without fail, has Friday off and then he has to work New Years Eve whether I am in labour or not (or get sacked). But having the baby any time after that is good for them as work goes quiet. I would like to get it out of the way obviously, plus my sister is travelling in on 29th to see baby from Australia and then leaving again 6 hrs later (but will understand if it hasnt happened yet! I mean, she is passing anyway). So does it take a day or so to have any effect? Does it generally work to promote labour? Can it be instant? Whats the norm on here?