It can be tricky and often difficult - especially if you are working with individuals who are visual learners who enjoy images, pictures, and analogies along with word pictures. The more ways you can describe it, the better chances you have of creating a memory hook in the individual to whom you are sharing the information. A memory hook is that word or image that immediately takes the learner back to the learning situation and helps them retrieve certain data about what was being taught.
Other ways to demonstrate cervical dilation and effacement include using a knitted uterus (Fig 4). A knitted uterus can add color and some humor to an otherwise intense topic. Used for decades by childbirth educators and midwives, the pattern for a knitted uterus can be found by clicking here on www.birthsource.com or purchased through Childbirth Graphics or Cascade Healthcare Products. To add to the demonstrative use of the knitted uterus, a small baby doll can be used to show the birthing process or even a softball can be substituted for the baby's head.
Lastly, and one that can create the most memory hooks when teaching about cervical dilation
If you are a childbirth educator, midwife or doula, how do you teach about cervical dilation? I'd love to hear about your style!
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