MELISA...the same thing happened to me! When it was time for me to push there was a bit of my cervix still in the way or whatever and the nurse had to try to push it/hold it out of the way.
um yea about the manually dialating your friend THING...That sounds VERY WRONG!!!!!!! I went to like 41 weeks only getting up to 1 cm then going back down to 0, (I ended up getting induced) and hun being dialated means NOTHING if you are not having regular contractions!!! They wanted to wait as long as possible b/c it is not good to tamper with the NATURAL process of childbirth! And that sure sounds like tampering to me! If she is not yet dialated then she is not ready! She is only 36 weeks??? She is barely full-term!!!!!!!!!! That doctor is a mental case!!!!! Tell your friend to get another doctor!! (no it's not too late) With me they put a gel just inside my cervix to *hopefully* make my uterus contract, which would *hopefully* make me dialate to 1 so then could break my water and *hopefully* make me go into labour. And this was only b/c I was 2 weeks overdue!!!! They didn't try to force it open with their fingers!!! MY GOD! That is terrible!