How to Check for Cervical Location and Dilation

I love when nurses share their knowledge! What a great way to help new nurses explain cervical dilation…and this goes without saying, but this is meant for nurses! Thanks Rachel for the great video 😃

Until my next delivery ❤

2 thoughts on “How to Check for Cervical Location and Dilation

  • December 15, 2017 at 4:32 am

    You’re most welcome, thanks for sharing! I know I struggled as a new nurse trying to figure out dilation. So I made a video to help other new nurses?

  • February 3, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    Very practical advice! Another tip I used to use was to measure the distance between my own two fingers when I had them opened as far as I could. I have very short fingers, and the distance between them measures 4 cm when I open them apart. It was a good baseline for me to judge the amount of dilation during a cervical exam. If the cervix was dilated greater than 4 cm, I’d palpate the rim of the cervix and then compare it to the dilation chart until I developed the muscle memory for knowing which dilation the cervix measured. One fingertip was 1 cm, two finger tips was 2 cm, two finger tips with extra space was 3 cm, my fingers opened wide was 4 cm. Keeping my fingernails very short enabled me to palpate the cervix more accurately.


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