B*E*S*T Doula Service in Los Angeles

Cervical Dilation Charts

For doulas, childbirth educators, nurses and midwives
cervical dilation chart - click for larger photoMade of "fun foam," these dilation charts work especially well to demonstrate how far a woman has progressed, both in terms of dilation and effacement. Effacement can be demonstrated by trying to stretch all of the layers, to show that when the cervix is thick, it's hard to dilate. As the cervix thins or effaces, it dilates more and more easily, as demonstrated by stretching fewer layers of the dilation chart until you get to a single layer.

cervical dilation chart - click for larger photo It also shows how the cervix may not be perfectly round and how the results of one person's examination can differ from another. To demonstrate this, stretch the layer slightly to produce an oval shape. It's much harder to "guess" how many centimeters dilated you are if each direction is a different measurement.

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