I just have a (hopefully) quick question I'm hoping you can help me with. I graduated just this June from LPN school, and had only 1/2 quarter of OB.
When we did our OB rotation, we learned from the doctors and nurses at the hospital and our textbook that the typical cervix will dilate to 10 actual cm, and that the way this is measured is by the nurse/doctor using their fingers and then comparing this measurement to a chart or ruler (or by experience).
Today I overheard a woman I work with telling someone about to give birth that the cervix actually dilates to 20 cm, and that they way they measure this is when the doctor can fit BOTH OF HIS HANDS OUT FLAT inside?!
I just want to find out the truth, as I am at work and don't have my textbooks here. She says that is what her doctor told her? I guess I need to go back over my material on this subject.