How Dilated Am I? Assessing Dilation in Labor WITHOUT an Internal Exam. (via Helping mothers give birth joyfully without fear)

If your water has broken either spontaneously or through an amniotomy this is even more important!!

It's the magic question weighing on most laboring mothers' minds: (as well as the minds of her partner or birth attendants!) How much longer? Is there any way to tell how far along I am in the birthing process? I've seen mothers beg for an internal exam and then be gutted about the answer (What? ONLY 4cm STILL!?) and suddenly *poof* she looses her resolve. It's akin to having a test and finding out you've failed it, in front of your loved ones as … Read More

via Helping mothers give birth joyfully without fear

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About Nichol Miller

Wife and mother of three, currently fighting metastatic lung cancer from a soft tissue sarcoma. On an experimental drug called Loxo101 that is at present working to eradicate the tumors. In order to keep receiving the drug I have to travel from Portland, OR to Denver, CO once a month for blood tests and other monitoring. The expense is more than my husband's salary can handle. If you like to join others who have helped with our fight please check out my GoFundMe site...http://de.gofund.me/lmz7sc
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