I have been reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth and I have noticed that they seem to do a lot of cervical checking during labor at those births.
During my pregnancies, I've never declined a check. With DS, I think I was 1cm on Tue and arrived at hospital on Friday morning 8cm and completely effaced. (Reached 10cm within an hour or so after arrival.) With DD, checks didn't really mean anything since I was not exploring a vaginal breech birth. (DD was sititng in sort of an "L" position with her legs across my abdomen. Nothing was actually presenting so the dilation was a surprise to me.) Knowing I was 3cm just made me nervous about a prolapsed cord.
Since I'm planning to VBAC for this birth, I'm totally trying to prepare for any less than ideal labor situations. I guess I could be thinking more positively, I'm trying not to expect to dilate so "effortlessly" this time. I'd rather be surprised.
I feel like a lot of people on MDC mention that they avoid cervical checks and knowing how open they are so I thought it was strange that it seems like a lot of checking happens on The Farm. What are everyone's experiences and thoughts on the checks?