|What is a ‘ripe cervix?
Right at the end of your pregnancy your body will start
to prepare for labour. One of these preparations is the
ripening of the cervix. This means that it softens in preparation
to open. The artificial ripening of the cervix, which is
achieved with no pain by inserting the appropriate drug
vaginally, is the first step used to induce labour. The
contractions will be unable to open the cervix if it is
not soft and ready to open.
Cervix - Description
Cervix - Incompetent