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

There’s something about the word ‘dilation’ that makes me irrationally uncomfortable; it suggests a widening, a swelling, an engorging of bodily fluids to facilitate the smooth passage of something into, or out of, the human body.

Image credits: scvbirthcenter

The example that first comes to mind is, of course, the miracle of childbirth. During labor, the midwife keeps mom-to-be updated on the status of cervix dilation to give an idea of how far the process is coming along. From 1cm, the size of a cheerio all the way to 10cm, the size of a bagel, the change is incredible and is vividly illustrated with this handy ‘dilation chart.’

Image credits: scvbirthcenter

A photo of the wooden chart was originally shared by SCV Birth Center, a pregnancy care clinic in Santa Clarita, California. The chart helps women to visualize what the midwives are telling them during labor because well, why not, right? It’s also a handy educational tool for midwives and doctors.

Image credits: etsy

If you wanted to get your hands on one of these beautifully-made wooden charts for yourself, perhaps as a discussion piece for your wall or coffee table or simply a reminder of the power of your vagina, you can find them for sale on Etsy here.

Image credits: Steffanie Christi’an

Facebook user Steffanie Christi’an saw the post by SCV Birth Center and shared it along with the caption “This is what 10cm of dilation looks like. This is why we deserve all the things.” Her post quickly went viral as women all over the world were confronted with the stark and impressive realities of childbirth.

Image credits: etsy

What do you think? Does the chart help to put things into perspective? Does it scare you at all?  How was your experience of giving birth? Let us know in the comments!

Image credits: etsy

Here’s how people responded to the eye-opening chart

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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

THAT IS SCARY! It's amazing, but really scary too. Can you imagine the pain you'd feel if your body did that? And then having to push out a tiny human? Ouch! So much respect for mums that go through this! <3

Lila Launehase
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I had two babies and I found this interesting. During birth I didn't had that much of a view on my vagina ;) And to be honest: yes, it hurts. But it is not the biggest pain I ever had. You get a lot of happy-hormones and a baby. That's worth it :D

Kamryn McNamara
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think it's more of a natural pain, as I've heard it described. For me, pain is when something is horribly wrong but I think childbirth is a natural pain, just a part of life, and I think it's beautiful, but I still want to adopt rather than give birth. Not because I'm scared of my body changing, but because I had a harsh childhood and I think everyone deserves a chance with a good home and there are so many kids struggling out there.

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Reilly Beryll
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ouch! My sister’s hips weren’t built for childbirth, but her doctor gave her the Okay to give natural birth. It nearly killed both her and her daughter. I know it’s natural for our bodies to do this — dilation I mean —, but the thought of this happening to me just makes me ‘oof’.

Reilly Beryll
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Extra note: when my sis gave birth, her daughter was stuck, and they had to literally cut her vaj to bits to get the kid out. I think there were 16 stitches. 20? More? This is part of why I hope to have a c-section if I ever end up pregnant. But others are certainly welcome to give natural birth. It’s a great accomplishment, I think, to shove a small human through your body. So yes, ten centimeters is one hell of a lot.

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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

THAT IS SCARY! It's amazing, but really scary too. Can you imagine the pain you'd feel if your body did that? And then having to push out a tiny human? Ouch! So much respect for mums that go through this! <3

Lila Launehase
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I had two babies and I found this interesting. During birth I didn't had that much of a view on my vagina ;) And to be honest: yes, it hurts. But it is not the biggest pain I ever had. You get a lot of happy-hormones and a baby. That's worth it :D

Kamryn McNamara
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think it's more of a natural pain, as I've heard it described. For me, pain is when something is horribly wrong but I think childbirth is a natural pain, just a part of life, and I think it's beautiful, but I still want to adopt rather than give birth. Not because I'm scared of my body changing, but because I had a harsh childhood and I think everyone deserves a chance with a good home and there are so many kids struggling out there.

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Reilly Beryll
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ouch! My sister’s hips weren’t built for childbirth, but her doctor gave her the Okay to give natural birth. It nearly killed both her and her daughter. I know it’s natural for our bodies to do this — dilation I mean —, but the thought of this happening to me just makes me ‘oof’.

Reilly Beryll
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Extra note: when my sis gave birth, her daughter was stuck, and they had to literally cut her vaj to bits to get the kid out. I think there were 16 stitches. 20? More? This is part of why I hope to have a c-section if I ever end up pregnant. But others are certainly welcome to give natural birth. It’s a great accomplishment, I think, to shove a small human through your body. So yes, ten centimeters is one hell of a lot.

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