Clay Cervix

Clay Cervix

So some of you were wondering about my clay cervices.  I made them because I have/had a skill deficit in distinguishing between 5 and 6 cm; and between 6 and 7 cm.  For most of my training these distinctions did not matter.  But I am getting some training in a very medical based practice now where everyone gets epidurals because I need to understand how to keep mom and baby safe when mom chooses these options.  Because epidurals can tend to slow labor, I need to be able to tell if mom has made change.

That being said, what midwife doesn’t want to perfect all her hands on skills – even the ones she doesn’t anticipate needing to rely on too often.  I found a great skills lab that gives directions for making clay cervices.


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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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