Anne is one of my dearest doula friends. I love her energy, her ideas, and now, her drawing abilities! (Seriously, that first picture? I want it on a shirt!) When she writes, she never ceases to grab my attention. Her title here alone gives insight into her humor and wit. Along with all her talents and gifts, she is also an impressive childbirth educator, and a doula whose heart is huge. I wish for us all to have an Anne in our lives.
A baby, a bishop, and a cervix walk into a bar...or maybe they are more likely to walk into a weekly pre-natal appointment, with your care provider, near the 40th week of your pregnancy. At this point in your pregnancy induction may be discussed for a variety of reasons. If your goal is to have a vaginal delivery, you ought to know about the Bishop score.
Which Bishop and his score in what? The score is all about the status of your cervix and the location of the baby's head in relation to your pelvis. (What any of this has to do with a Bishop, I have no idea!) The higher the Bishop score, the more likely an induction will work and result in a vaginal delivery. Anything less than an 8 is deemed not favorable. So, if I wanted to avoid an induction, until it is truly medically necessary, I would ask my care provider about the status of my cervix and the location of the baby's head. That way I could calculate my own Bishop Score! So through my truly terrible artistic abilities, let me show/explain what you need to find out:
All aboard! Oops I mean time to leave, mommy wants to see what you look like. AND she would like to sleep on her stomach again! Baby Stations range from -4 at the pelvic brim, to 0 at the Ischial Spines of your pelvis, to +4 crowning. I always remember that the positive numbers are a positive sign that the baby is positively coming out.
Science hasn't truly figured out when a baby will exactly be born -- as doulas and educators, we can offer the Bishop Scoring process to our families to help them understand how close their bodies may already be labor and baby-time. For more fun, check out this calculator and additional graphics, just in case my artwork left you scratching your tilted head!
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