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A friend of mine had her entire cervix removed due to cancer years ago. She got pregnant and had a cerclage, which was removed a few weeks ago because she is due any day now. She will be having the baby at a hospital, and she will probably opt for an epidural fairly early.
My question is: How will the doctors tell when it's "time to push"?
I know that if she were going the natural route, it wouldn't be as much of a concern because her body would just push when it was time. But since she'll be in the hospital with (probably) an epidural, and she has no cervix to "dialate to 10," how will she or her doc know when it's time???
I'm just curious - I'll be there as her doula, and I want to be prepared if at all possible. Are there any midwives or obs on the board who have any idea how the second stage of this labor might progress?
it's possible there could be a lot of scar tissue sealing everything in.
I asked her today "So if you don't have a cervix, what is keeping the baby in?" and she said that there is a tiny bit of cervix left and lots of scar tissue. Which now makes me nervous - I hope that she can open up enough to have a vaginal birth. Does anyone have any insight?
The story behind her cervix being removed is that she had cancer on one half, and she had the surgery to remove it but they removed the wrong side! So she had to have surgery again to remove the correct side, leaving her with little to no cervix.
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