Vaginal examinations: a symptom of a cervical-centric birth culture

Vaginal examinations is a useful assessment in some circumstances, but it’s routine use in an attempt to determine labour progress is questionable. As birth knowledge evolves, and research challenges the current cervical-centric approach to labour progress, there is an opportunity to shift practice.

How did we get fixated on what one small area of the body is doing during the complex and multidimensional birth process?

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