I am pretty new at sve and feel clueless when it comes to effacement and especially station. I cannot feel the ishial spines!! Please help!
Jul 1, '09
Look at diagrams of the pelvis, The spines are not located at 3 and 9 o'clock as you might think, but are more at 4 & 8.
On the posterior aspect of the vagina, you can feel the ligament that runs from the sacrum to the spines and follow it to the spines. Again, look at a good diagram of pelvic anatomy.
Practice, practice, practice. Follow the exams of your coworkers. Get to know what they consider a 0 station, or -2. If the patient has an epidural and hasn't had ruptured membranes for too long, you can do some extra exams without harm.