Bishop Score Calculator

If you’re considering delivery by induction, one of the most important things you should know is your Bishop score. It’s a scoring system that healthcare professionals use to find out if your body, particularly your cervix, is ready to go into labor as well as predict whether inducing labor will be successful or not. Our Bishop Score calculator contains five parameters that need to be assessed based on a vaginal examination and will help you personally see if inducing your labor is really the right decision for you.

Parameter Points
0 1 2 3
Position  Posterior  Intermed.  Anterior  
Consistency  Firm  Intermed.  Soft  
Effacement  0-30%  31-50%  51-80%  >80%
Dilation  0 cm  1-2 cm  3-4 cm  >5 cm
Fetal station  -3  -2  -1, 0  +1, +2
 

 

Doctors can determine whether your cervix is ready and your labor will be induced with the help of a Bishop Score Calculator.   The Bishop score is a tool used by doctors to decide if delivery by induction will be successful and if doing so will result in a vaginal delivery. It consists of five parameters which can be assessed and determined through a vaginal examination.  The five parameters include position, consistency, effacement, dilation, and fetal station.

The maximum score is 13 but those scores starting from 8 and above have a higher chance of having successful induction and vaginal delivery.  A score of 5 or lower usually means that inducing labor will probably not be successful. It is important that you know your score so that you can make the right decision for you. Labor induction increases your chances of undergoing a caesarian delivery especially if delivery is a medical necessity such as preeclampsia. And while there are a lot of valid reasons for inducing labor, research has shown that it is not always necessary.

It is absolutely essential that you know your score but it is also equally important that you know how a Bishop Score is calculated. There are 5 parameters in the Bishop Score calculator. The parameter position checks to see if your cervix is pointing forward or backward in relation to the walls of your vagina.  Effacement is how thin the walls of your cervix have become and how short the cervix has become. Consistency is the softness/firmness of your cervix. Dilation is how far has your cervix opened in preparation for delivery. Fetal station is how far down the baby is in the pelvis.

As you go through your delivery options, always make sure that you are well-informed. With a Bishop Score calculator, you are assured that whatever decision you do end up choosing, it is the best one for you and your baby.

 

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