What can you do to avoid an episiotomy or tear during birth?

ah those where great to read,im scared but whatever helps then go for it lol..
but what can you do to prevent that from happening??(from tearing or getting cut)

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misty91

Asked by misty91 at 5:02 PM on Jan. 11, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • Perineal massage! I had an over 9 pound baby with only 10 small stitches. It worked!
    MonroeLoves82

    Answer by MonroeLoves82 at 5:03 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

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  • how old are you?

    im not trying to be mean. but i seriously think you are too young to even be pregnant. Are you pregnant? If so, have you ever talked to your OB?

    please forgive me for being so harsh. but there is NOTHING u can do about it. Everybody knows that!
    m.robertson811

    Answer by m.robertson811 at 5:04 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

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  • im 17..
    my next doctor appointment is on the 13th..
    i get to talk to her then but these questions have been killing me ive just been wanting to know lol
    and thats okay,i understand.some people dont think its right that im young and pregnant but hey my baby will be here in 5-7 weeks so i dont mind what people think,i love my baby to much =)
    misty91

    Answer by misty91 at 5:09 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

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  • A lot of clients ask this! The best way to prevent tearing is as the first post said: Perineal Massage! Other options (which may vary depending on hospital) are squatting, which is the best position to prevent tearing, in my opinion. Midwives have their own special techniques to assist in preventing a tear or episiotomy- the best one being to trace the vaginal lips with the fingertips as the head crowns, which helps keep the lips from pulling as it is easing the head out.
    littlemrsmarcel

    Answer by littlemrsmarcel at 5:11 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

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  • Why did you choose an Obstetrician over a midwife?
    MonroeLoves82

    Answer by MonroeLoves82 at 5:12 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

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  • Age isn't a matter. It's good that you're curious. I was 16-17 when I had my son and asked so many questions I aggravated the doctors and nurses!
    littlemrsmarcel

    Answer by littlemrsmarcel at 5:13 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

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  • Why would ANYONE choose a midwife over an obstetrician who attended many years of college, residency, and so on and what kind of degree does a midwife have if any?? why would you NOt want a medical doctor?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:43 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

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  • CNMs and CMidwives are required to take the medical boards. The same ones that all Obstetricians take. Direct-Entry Midwives, however, are illegal in some states because they do not have any medical schooling.

    Please educate yourself.
    littlemrsmarcel

    Answer by littlemrsmarcel at 5:48 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

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  • I would choose a midwife over a Obstetrician any day of the week. I worked as a L&D nurse, and that is my main reason for choosing a midwife and a home birth. Obstetricians are trained surgeons and often cause more harm than good. Had I had an Obstetrician, I would have certainly had a cesarean for a baby that was "too big" and being "over due"
    MonroeLoves82

    Answer by MonroeLoves82 at 5:51 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

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  • Oh, and why are all the people who leave nasty, rude, and uneducated comments cowards who can't do it under their actual user name?
    MonroeLoves82

    Answer by MonroeLoves82 at 5:51 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

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