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Refusing cervical checks anyone? UH-LEX-US Due June 9 (boy); 1 child; Phoenix, Arizona 170 posts
25th Mar '13

So I already told my doctor I don't want any done at my appointments unless she feels the baby is at risk. She's fine with it.



When I was in labor with my first child, they did them every couple hours (I was induced, maybe that's why so often), and they were PAINFUL. 10/10. I don't know why. I almost passed out a little from it. Then of course I got epidural and I didn't care lol.



I'm scared to go to the hospital because I don't want the same experience. I don't want to refuse them there in case it's needed, but did anyone refuse them up to a certain point or?

Monsters² Mom 2 kids; 4 angel babies; Dahlgren, VA, United States 4921 posts
25th Mar '13

Technically you can refuse any medical interventions. However dilation doesn't give you a time frame as to how long/fast your labor will be. I don't see a point in them until you feel the need to push.

HungryHippo 2 kids; Missouri 12139 posts
25th Mar '13

When your are induced and have cervical checks they're wayyyy more painful than regular,non labor ones

UH-LEX-US Due June 9 (boy); 1 child; Phoenix, Arizona 170 posts
25th Mar '13
Quoting *PeanutButter*:" When your are induced and have cervical checks they're wayyyy more painful than regular,non labor ones"



Oh really?

UH-LEX-US Due June 9 (boy); 1 child; Phoenix, Arizona 170 posts
25th Mar '13
Quoting ℳonster's ℳom:" Technically you can refuse any medical interventions. However dilation doesn't give you a time frame ... [snip!] ... give you a time frame as to how long/fast your labor will be. I don't see a point in them until you feel the need to push."


Yeah I read about that. I wish I could refuse till the epidural, but they said I needed to wait till dilated to a 4 and they can only tell by cervical checks?

Jo&Ry Due May 11 (girl); 33 kids; Manchester, New Hampshire 1375 posts
25th Mar '13

The only time I felt they realllyyyyyy sucked was if they did one mid contraction (with me was almost everytime because they started at a minute apart lol) buttt Otherwise it just felt like a normal cervical check obv not the most comfortable thing but not unbearable.

JΔS Georgia 73284 posts
status 25th Mar '13

You can refuse. They check you to see if you're making progress but honestly, that's not necessary. You'll know when you're at 10. Even when I had an epidural, I knew when it was time to push.

nursemaya mom to 3! 3 kids; 5 angel babies; Minnesota 16003 posts
25th Mar '13

We are supposed to check every 2 hours in an induction to verify that the induction methods are effectively dilating you. If you aren't induced and go in to be admitted they determine active labor by observing a changing cervix. If you allow no checks that can't be done.

mom of three 3 kids; Missouri 5102 posts
25th Mar '13

I had one done during my 11 hour labor with my son, but i was at a birth center, its honestly not that necessary... it doesnt help the baby come faster and it doesnt tell you how long labor will last, it actually makes your risk for infection a LOT higher... I am having this baby in a hospital and I am going to talk to my dr. about refusing vaginal exams before and during labor. Its your body, your in charge, just let them know what you want!

UH-LEX-US Due June 9 (boy); 1 child; Phoenix, Arizona 170 posts
25th Mar '13
Quoting nursemaya (16weeks):" We are supposed to check every 2 hours in an induction to verify that the induction methods are effectively ... [snip!] ... and go in to be admitted they determine active labor by observing a changing cervix. If you allow no checks that can't be done."


Can they take a good guess when you're about near 4cm though? I wish I could just have one and suffer through it, get the epidural and not have to feel it. The pain is or was unbearable the last time for me.

JΔS Georgia 73284 posts
status 25th Mar '13
Quoting UH-LEX-US:" Can they take a good guess when you're about near 4cm though? I wish I could just have one and suffer ... [snip!] ... have one and suffer through it, get the epidural and not have to feel it. The pain is or was unbearable the last time for me."


No.

UH-LEX-US Due June 9 (boy); 1 child; Phoenix, Arizona 170 posts
25th Mar '13
Quoting Tristan and Liams mommy:" I had one done during my 11 hour labor with my son, but i was at a birth center, its honestly not that ... [snip!] ... my dr. about refusing vaginal exams before and during labor. Its your body, your in charge, just let them know what you want!"


Can I have an epidural before 4cm, like before cervical checks do you know? May ask my dr that when I see her the 1st. I read you can but the hospital said no.

mom of three 3 kids; Missouri 5102 posts
25th Mar '13
Quoting UH-LEX-US:" Can I have an epidural before 4cm, like before cervical checks do you know? May ask my dr that when I see her the 1st. I read you can but the hospital said no."


I wouldnt even chance it... your more likely to "fail to progress" and need a c-section... not worth it to me.