Wednesday, 25 February 2015

The Purple Line and Dilation

Avoiding interventions, such as vaginal checks can help decrease your chances of getting a c-section. However, many doctors want to know how far a woman has dilated. There are other things that are important too, the cervix moves forward, the cervix effaces (thins), the cervix softens, the baby rotates, and the baby descends (moves down the stations).

Vaginal checks aren't without error and they can inhibit labor. Midwives have found that the purple or red line can also accurately predict how far a woman has dilated. Here is some more information about checking dilation via the purple line.

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