|Why does the midwife have to carry out internal examination
when I am already in so much pain?
The midwife or doctor needs to know exactly how your labour
is progressing. For this reason internal examination will
need to be carried out to establish the dilation of the
cervix, the position of the baby and how the baby is descending
into your pelvis. This information allows your labour to
be carefully managed. For example, if your contractions
have slowed and an internal examination shows that your
cervix has stopped dilating, then this may be a cue for
the doctor to use medication to get the labour going again.
Your doctor or midwife will be as careful as possible,
but you will have to accept some degree of discomfort during
the examination. She will also be scrupulous with hygiene,
which becomes more problematic if your waters have broken.