Dilation tells you absolutely nothing. Sing the war song but put 'dilation checks' in the place of 'war'
"dilation checks, hu, what is it good for, absolutely noth'en. SAY IT AGAIN!"
Really, it tells you and the dr/midwife nothing it terms of how long it will be before labor starts, how long getting labor will last etc. NOTHING!! Many women will dilate to 4-5 or even more cm. before labor starts. I had a friend that was at 7 cm when her midwife checked her. Labor did start that day but it was still a long drawn out labor. And someone can be totally closed and be holding their baby 4 hours later.
I believe dilation checks in labor are useless too unless it is the one that happens when the urge to push happens and caregiver wants to make sure you are 10.
I had an argument in the baby center chat rooms when I was pregnant with my 3rd. I was 40 weeks along and <gasp> didn't know how far dilated I was. I was having a mostly unassisted pregnancy. They gals in there were so shocked. "how will you know that your body is doing what it is supposed to be doing"
: I didn't have any checks during labor either.
How soft was your cervix? That might tell you something. (might!) Evening primrose oil will help soften it. Taken orally and vagionally. If your cervix is already soft then don't worry about it.