This blog post is taken from an article available here... http://sarahvine.wordpress.com/2010/03/07/how-dilated-am-i-assessing-dilation-without-an-internal-exam/
I think its fascinating and had to share it with those of you who are interested in it. I don't feel comfortable with the idea of internal examination, as I think its counter-inductive to the labour process. Plus, I don't really want to know how dilated I am, as it might have a negative impact on me psychologically if I discover I'm not as far along as I thought. This has been an issue of particular contention between my midwife and I as she would prefer to examine me at least once to see how things are going and I feel that by her wanting to do this, she is missing the point of how I view labour and the process of birth. At the end of the day, she can't do anything without my consent, but I don't want to have to discuss this with her on the day when I'm trying to keep myself calm and relaxed. I plan to show her this article, so if she is still determined to know the condition of my cervix and how far along we are, she can still do it, without having to put any gloves on!!
How Dilated Am I? Assessing Dilation in Labor WITHOUT an Internal Exam.
7 March 2010 by sarahvine