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I am 36 weeks pregnant and baby's head is 2/5ths engaged. Does this mean that I will have my baby any time soon?
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In brief: Not necessarily
You are referring to station.
Station is a very subjective measurement of how far down the birth canal the baby is. A lower station tends to imply a sooner delivery, but its not a reliable indicator. Different practitioners can measure a different station in the same woman at the same time as well - its more of a gestalt than a reliable objective measure, despite its objective definition.

In brief: Not necessarily
You are referring to station.
Station is a very subjective measurement of how far down the birth canal the baby is. A lower station tends to imply a sooner delivery, but its not a reliable indicator. Different practitioners can measure a different station in the same woman at the same time as well - its more of a gestalt than a reliable objective measure, despite its objective definition.
Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Please ask your
Health care provider who will be doing your delivery, I have never described engagement in those terms to my pts nor was i taught to use percentages to describe that, a better predictors of that are-are you having a lot of irregular contractions, is the cervix starting to get effaced or dilated and how much effacement and dilitation is there.

In brief: Please ask your
Health care provider who will be doing your delivery, I have never described engagement in those terms to my pts nor was i taught to use percentages to describe that, a better predictors of that are-are you having a lot of irregular contractions, is the cervix starting to get effaced or dilated and how much effacement and dilitation is there.
Dr. Alan Patterson
Dr. Alan Patterson
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