A lot of moms considering induction are not familiar with the Bishop score. (Umm, excuse me, will someone please tell me why doctors don't thoroughly discuss the Bishop score with their patients and the STRONG likely hood of a failed induction if the score is low.)
The elements that make up the Bishop score are determined by a vaginal exam. It is generally believed that with a score less than nine, induction is likely to be unsuccessful so make sure you ask your doctor what happens when induction fails. All of the failed induction stories I have heard lately have ended in a cesarean. If I wanted to avoid a cesarean, I would make sure my Bishop score was super high!
|Position (of uterus)||Posterior||Intermediate||Anterior||-|
|Consistency (of cervix)||Firm||Intermediate||Soft||-|
|Effacement (shortening/thinning of cervix)||0-30%||40-50%||60-70%||80%|
|Dilation||<1 cm||1-2 cm||2-4 cm||>4 cm|
|Fetal station||-3||-2||-1, 0||+1, +2|