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help me understand :D

Posted by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 6:23 PM
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Today my friend went to the doc, shes 34.5 weeks preg. The Doc said she is 1-2 Cm diolated and soft. Also that shes a -2 Station. The -2 station confuses me, what does that mean?

Thanks in advance.






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by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 6:23 PM
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sissychristi
by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 6:25 PM

Station is the position of the baby's head in the pelvis. At -2, it is all the way up. The stations are:

-2

-1

0

1

2

At 2, the baby's head is beginning to crown (for most women but not all).



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SassypantsMomma
by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Rather than me bumbling through my version, here is a good technical one, lol.

The concept of "station" denotes the degree of engagement of the fetal head as it navigates the maternal pelvis. Station is the relationship of the presentng part to an imaginary line drawn between the ischial spines of the pelvis. The ischial spines are two bony prominences that demarcate the middle of the pelvis.

Although we assess station during the last weeks of prenatal care (or in the case of preterm labor), its most frequent application is in labor. Progress in labor is assessed by means of several parameters, namely cervical consistency (soft to firm), cervical effacement (shortening), cervical position (posterior, anterior, or mid), cervical dilatation (0 to 10 cm) and station (-4 which is just coming into the pelvis to +4 station which is on the perineum or ready to be born). When the top of the fetal head (or other presenting part as in a breech presentation), arrives at the level of the ischial spines, the baby is said to be at 0 station or "engaged.”

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