Join Date: Mar 2002
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Debra, you are living proof that many docs would benefit from seeing!! A woman who didn't have a jillion vaginal exams during her labor---who went on to actually BIRTH her babies, and have MORE babies and birth them, too!!! LOL
I think the caregiver's style & probably hospital policy will determine how many exams a woman has. There are certain styles of caregiving that really love NUMBERS--be it numbers on the clock, or centimeters dialated & percent effaced.
I do think Pit and all pain-relieving drugs will result in more exams...the caregiver will want to see if the Pit is working--how many cm's is mom NOW, before Pit, and how many is she later, after Pit. Is mom close to pushing? (7 cms) 'cause then no drugs 'cept an epidural.
I just got a copy of my labor progress notes and was suprised to read that I had 8 exams!! whoah. I didn't remember that many.