There are a couple of things that can help if you have a lip of cervix left:
Sometimes a little bit of time is all that is needed for the cervix to finish dilating.
- Try changing positions to help reduce the lip of cervix.
Hands and knees, leaning forward, side lying, etc. are all positions that can help take the pressure off the cervix or to rotate a baby who is in a less favorable position.
- Use of hydrotherapy.
Using a tub of water can help promote relaxation as well as weightlessness.
- Manually reducing the lip of cervix.
This is done by the practitioner during a vaginal exam. The lip of cervix is forcibly moved over the baby's head to allow the baby to come down further. This may take more than one contraction. It can also be done with coached pushing efforts as directed by your doctor or midwife. This is painful but can be fairly quick and effective.
The Labor Progress Handbook. Simkin, P and Ancheta, R. Wiley-Blackwell; 2 edition.