Question About Dialation Process


Dear Midwife,
Hello. I went in to the hospital last week because I was having false labor. When I was there they said I was dilated to 1 1/2 and I was thinning. Then on Tuesday of this week I went back to the hospital again because of false labor. I was 2 then and still thinning. I went yesterday for my weekly check up w/ my doctor and she said the same thing. Now this morning I went in because I was leaking a fluid and it wasn't discharge. The nurse told me I was at a zero. Is it possible to reverse dilation?


It depends on which number baby it is.

With the first, it doesn't happen very often, but with other babies, they "bungie cord" up and down for a while before active labor begins, trying to get into the best possible position for the journey out.

If your cervix has ever been stretched to 2, then when you do go into active labor, it will go back to 2 easily, so the work you have done definitely was not for nothing. Good luck with your labor!

-- Cynthia, CNM

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.