Cervical Exams and Consent

Updated: Jan 21

Cervical Exams are not a one-size fits all evaluation of labor progress.



Cervical Exams and Consent

It’s ok to….


  • Ask for 5 more minutes or an hour

  • Ask to be explained what’s happening

  • Ask not to find out how dilated you are

  • Say “Stop”

  • Cry

  • Close your eyes

  • Decline it

  • Put your hand on the hand of whoever is doing the exam

  • Ask your partner, Doula, or nurse to step out of the room

  • Ask for an exam and to “be checked”

  • Not be flat on your back

  • Be afraid

  • Feel shy

  • Make noise and tell people what you are feeling

  • Check yourself

  • Ask for help with learning how to check yourself


Cervical Exams and Consent

It’s important that you feel safe and comfortable with cervical exams.

You are in charge of your body. No one else.


- Margaret Romano, Birth Doula


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