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Can a woman have a vaginal delivery without the need of Episiotomy?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 11:53 PM on Aug. 23, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • I really think that episiotomies don't seem justifiable. (*In VERY rare circumstances, maaaaybe.) But many doctors do/did them routinely! Some Dr.s have 30% or higher rates. The more practiced mediolateral (angled) cut increases post-partum hemmorhaging 450% and 33% for the midline (straight down) cut. It only speeds up labor a contraction or two-- not worth the many complications that are involved, like incontinence and sexual displeasure. :-(

    Please know that there are ways to avoid tearing, so birthing with the perineum intact (or mostly intact) is possible.

    Consider: Perineal massage/oil, kegal exercises, water labor/birth, NO coached pushing, hand on the emerging head & perineum, blowing air Os slowly, intentionally slowing down the crowning through concentration. Be sure to stay upright, move & wriggle your baby down and out. :-)
    doulala

    Answer by doulala at 12:07 AM on Aug. 24, 2009

  • yes...I didnt have a Episiotomy
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:55 PM on Aug. 23, 2009

  • yes, at my hospital you can opt out of having one and just tear, it heals better if it just tears
    but there are women who never tear so it varies
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:56 PM on Aug. 23, 2009

  • You might want to join the group Natural Pregnancy and Childbirth. It's a GREAT group here on CM.
    outstandingLove

    Answer by outstandingLove at 11:56 PM on Aug. 23, 2009

  • ABSOLUTELY!!
    They are not done for a majority of the world's vaginal births.
    I have not had any with my vaginal births, they are not needed.
    doulala

    Answer by doulala at 12:05 AM on Aug. 24, 2009

  • doulala

    Answer by doulala at 12:07 AM on Aug. 24, 2009