Checking Cervix For Dilation

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Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Is there a way to check my own cervix for dilation?

ANSWER

It is a potentially dangerous thing to do, and I don't recommend it. It takes a very long time to teach students to evaluate the cervix properly without causing infection, rupturing the membranes or causing a bleed. Please leave the dilation checks to the professionals.

-- Cynthia, CNM