Warning: Some of the links below show photos of real cervix (not drawings). Proceed at your own risk.
It's come to my attention that women who have had a LEEP, cone or cryo procedure or a D&C or IUD (Intrauterine Device) put in, or any other procedure of that type may have scar tissue. This scar tissue sometimes interferes with the birth process. This scar tissue can make the cervix so strong that it will not dilate, will not open to the 10 centimeters that most baby's like to slip their heads through. This is often called FTP (failure to progress) in a women's medical chart and the consequence is her baby is born by Cesarean Section.
The tables have turned, the medical community is learning more and more from their patients! Scratching my head, "In fact how would a doctor ever learn anything if it wasn't for the patient?" When it comes to cervical scar tissue they are learning something from my friend Doula Dawn. Dawn is passionate about birth, about women's reproductive rights. As a birth doula she's been called the VBAC Queen. For the last ten years she has assisted families in finding medical care and a safe place to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). Why? Because that is what women want and the data shows it is safer than repeat surgeries. Dawn herself had three Cesarean's before having a VBAC at home. Yes, she experiences cervical scar tissue. I am helping her to spread the good news that 1)it's really an issue and 2) it can be resolved. I am here today to tell you that you might want to read about this scar tissue issue. If you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant, it would be good to rack your memory and remember if you've had any procedures done to your cervix. If you have had a procedure, ask your care provider, OB or Midwife, if they have experience with cervical scar tissue and then read this and sign up for Dawn's online class. If you have any questions don't hesitate to call Dawn or me or someone who understands. Ask your doula to help you learn more. She may not yet know about this issue and you will learn together.
I have said for many years that I trust birth and I trust in women's ability to birth and then scratched my head when I was foiled. Now I know the reason. Cervical Scar Tissue. Sure there are other mysterious physiological and psychological reasons that birth is slow or non-emergency cesareans happen. There's no wrong way to give birth. Every time it's a miracle! If you gave birth by cesarean section you will most likely spend some time wondering or fretting if maybe this had been your issue. I hope you won't fret too much. Please pass this information along and maybe someone else will be helped. But you can bet, just as this cervical scar issue has now seen the light of day and we now know it can be resolved, there will be a new issue tomorrow. I have seen and heard about many improvements in birth practices over the last ten years but these improvements are slow to be adopted by doctors in hospitals. Sadly, the 2010 United Nations data showed that the United States had slipped from 41st to 50th place, with a higher maternal mortality ratio than 49 other countries. So hold on! You are going to see much more information here about safe birthing!1
I don't know how all the countries that have a much lower cesarean rate than the USA are dealing with the issue of cervical scar tissue but the USA isn't. Period. We, the consumers, must step up and stand up and speak up for ourselves, our bodies, our births. Tell your doctor that your body works, your contractions are rocking strong and your baby is ready to come..."my labor is just taking longer because I have some scar tissue on my cervix and it'd be lovely if you could find it and rub it out, break up that scar tissue. Then we can proceed, get on with the show!" It can work like magic.
It can happen this fast - Open Sesame!
The lotus flower is an exotic treasure that has many purposes.I have pictured them in this blog as an example of theopening of a woman's cervix during childbirth.How tragic it would be if someone manipulated this flowerand it could not bloom as it was designed.Think about your favorite flower. Does it have a sweet scent?Did you know that many flowers are edible?Look at the opening of the lotus flower hereand imagine your cervix doing the same.
1. Stay at home. Hire a midwife.