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Centimeters and Fingers snugglymama 2 kids; Charlotteville, New York 709 posts
12th Jul '08

Everytime I see anyone mention effacement it's in percentages and dilation is in centimeters. When I go to the docs, I'm given a cervical length in centimeters and am told I am dilated using the term "finger". Anyone have any ideahow to translatecervical length is in percentages from cm's? Or how many cm.'s dilated each finger is? I know I need to ask my docs but I was so sore and there were other things going on at the time, so I forgot to, and now- unless things really progress- I won't see them until Thursday. It's nothing urgent. I'm just curious. :)

snugglymama 2 kids; Charlotteville, New York 709 posts
12th Jul '08

Ok so I'm officially an idiot! :P I googled and found this article:



"When doctors or midwives do vaginal exams, they are able to feel three different things with their fingers. They measure cervical dilation, which is the amount that the cervix has opened, and fetal station, which is the relationship between the largest part of the fetal head and the midpoint of the maternal pelvis. If the cervix is dilated far enough, they can even feel the position of the baby

Nachomama 4 kids; Lawrenceville, Georgia 790 posts
12th Jul '08
Quoting snugglymama:
snugglymama 2 kids; Charlotteville, New York 709 posts
12th Jul '08
Quoting Kathleen S: