There's a lot of debate over birth experience...from natural birth advocates, to the moms who schedule their cesareans. I think that pregnancy and the birth experience prepares us for parenting. Teaching us to listen to our bodies, and therefore hopefully learning to listen to our children. We learn to be patient when it takes us five times as long to walk up the steps at nine months pregnant than it did three months before. You may think that this is going to be a post about
So every pregnant mom knows what a cervical check is, but in case there is anyone out there in the veiwing audience that does not, it is a procedure done during labor by a practitioner (the mom's OB, Midwife or L&D nurse) to check cervical dilation. During the first stage of labor the cervix (the mouth of the uterus that essentially keeps the baby safely inside) dilates, or opens, from 0 cm to 10 cm. Once the cervix is at 10 cm dilation, mom is genrally considered "complete"