‘Dilation Chart’ Helps People Understand That Giving Birth Is Not Just Painful, It’s Hardcore

By: Anuradha

Giving birth to a child is one of the most beautiful and prestigious things a woman can ever experience. But, we all know that it is not an easy thing. Bearing the kid in the womb for 9 months and finally giving the birth cause several difficulties for mom. In this period, a woman may come across several new terms and one such is the word ‘dilation’. 

The word dilation suggests a widening, a swelling, an engorging of bodily fluids to facilitate the smooth passage of something into or out of the human body. during the labor, the midwife always tells the mother updates on the status of the cervix dilation. The mother can have an idea of how far the process is coming along. During the process, the vagina dilates from 1 cm – 10 cm, which is the size of a bagel. You can see how the changes are taking place according to this ‘dilation chart’.

Image credits: scvbirthcenter

A pregnancy care clinic in Santa Clarita, California, SCV birth Center, shared a photo of the wooden chart. This chart helps women to visualize what midwives are actually telling them during the labor. This would be much helpful for all doctors and midwives in educating expecting mothers too! You can purchase one in this sale on Etsy here.

Image credits: etsy

Image credits: Steffanie Christi’an

One Facebook user, Steffanie Christi’an saw the post by SCV birth center and she had shared it along with the caption “this is what 10 cm of dilation looks like. This is why we deserve all the things” and it went really viral. Women all over the world felt connected with this reality of childbirth and it received immense responses.

Image credits: etsy

Image credits: etsy

So, tell us what do you feel about this? Do you think this would be a good tool for expectant mothers?