Originally Posted by rmzbm
Just watched it again, she's fully dialated when she's at -1...I was trying to picture the head there at 1cm...no wonder there's so much pressure!
And remember, the dilation occurs FIRST, usually. I don't remember if you have fully dilated with your kiddos before any of them were born, but if you keep that in mind, you will probably be more patient with yourself and less likely to think somehting is wrong. Dilation and effacement can occur together, but sometimes a woman will efface(thin out) completely, and still be only 3 cm dilated. Watch out for those though, cuz when they go, they go FAST!
And a woman can be 5 cm dilated and still walking around not in labor.Something i noticed about that animation. 1) the woman was laying on her back, not the best, most comfortable position to birth in.
2) the pelvis did NOT move. In a real birth, the baby moves, his head molds, and the pelvis moves to accomodate the baby. This doesn't show Any of that.
3) there are 3 more clips (on the sidebar)- one is a sigmoidoscopy(remind me never to have one) whiplash, and a shoulder distocia. If the mom were on hands and knees, the pelvis would not be flattened out, thereby avoiding the distocia. Or even laying on her side would help, instead of flat on her back with her pelvis flattening out like that...grrrr. Anybody else notice that?