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What does dilation look like? And effacement??

Posted by on Mar. 7, 2010 at 7:27 PM
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Over the months-weeks-days-hours prior to labor and delivering, the cervix is getting ready.   

Are you curious about what the cervical changes look like?   

;-)



Dilation is referring to the cervix opening up.








Effacement is referring to how thick the cervix is.      As the body progresses, getting closer to labor, it moves back and thins out.  





Cervix Effacement









My cervix is like a rosebud

Ready to Open

I am nurtured by those around me as the rose is nurtured by the soil

The rosebud gradually, ever so softly, opens and blossoms.

I open and blossom.

My cervix is soft and ripe like a rosebud.

I see the outer petals of the rose falling away

I see my cervix yielding like the outer petals of the rose.

Every contraction opens another petal of my rosebud cervix.

I welcome each contraction, which helps me open my rosebud cervix.

I welcome and receive all the nurturing around me, which helps me open.

Just like the warm sun opens the rose, the warmth I receive opens my
cervix.

I yield and open.

The rose does not resist.

I open and blossom.


- Barbara Harper "Gentle Birth Choices"

by on Mar. 7, 2010 at 7:27 PM
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doulala
by Emerald Member on Mar. 7, 2010 at 7:30 PM
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brianahernandez
by on Mar. 7, 2010 at 7:30 PM

 I love the rose blossom poem. Beautiful :) THank you.

yummy_mommy89
by on Mar. 7, 2010 at 7:31 PM

thats awesome! thanks!!

happyVTmommy20
by on Mar. 7, 2010 at 7:37 PM

I agree. The video was interesting to see to, I've never actually imagined how the baby comes out before.


 

Quoting brianahernandez:

 I love the rose blossom poem. Beautiful :) THank you.


Mother to Gabrielle 1/11/08 and another one on the way due 6/30/10
nily
by Silver Member on Mar. 7, 2010 at 7:42 PM

SO COOL!

ethans_momma06
by on Mar. 7, 2010 at 7:47 PM

I knew what dialation was... but never effacment! Thanks for sharing this!

doulala
by Emerald Member on Mar. 7, 2010 at 10:24 PM

oh, good, glad if it helps!

:-)

Rachell9503
by on Mar. 8, 2010 at 12:34 AM

Here is another chart
 

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BaBiiMaMa89
by on Mar. 8, 2010 at 12:37 AM

 

Quoting ethans_momma06:

I knew what dialation was... but never effacment! Thanks for sharing this!

 me either. thanks!

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MomNtheRes
by on Mar. 8, 2010 at 12:41 AM

Where does it GO?? I wanted to ask my Dr that the other day, but forgot. You can clearly see the cervix effacing and dilating, but where does it GO? It doesn't just dissolve, does it get pulled back into the uterine wall? Or stretched over the baby's head as its forced down? Its like a magic trick I just can't figure out- what happens to it, it has to GO somewhere!

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