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In light of all the Episiotomy Posts

Posted by on May. 26, 2010 at 11:59 AM
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http://blog.ctnews.com/elwood/2010/04/09/episiotomies/

In my mother’s generation, the baby boomers who were giving birth in the last 20-40 years, episiotomies were routine for the vast majority of women going into the hospital to give birth. It hasn’t been until recent years that the medical community really started to question the benefits of the procedure, and how effective and helpful it truly is to birthing women when compared to allowing a natural vaginal tear.

An Episiotomy is described to be a medical procedure in which an incision, either straight down (midline) from the vaginal introitus (opening) towards and into the perineum, or is a medio-lateral incision off to the right or left side.

In women who are tolerating labor, with no fetal distress or emergent issues, they are not necessary. But in situations where an emergent delivery is necessary, and the delivery can still be a vaginal delivery, they are more important.

A 2008 study in the Journal of American Medical Association, it showed there are no increased or better outcomes with the use of episiotomies and sometimes cause more harm than good. This study also concluded that :

Routine Episiotomies increased :

  • need for stitching
  • experience of pain and tenderness
  • healing period
  • likelihood of leaking stool or gas
  • pain with intercourse

Other information also shows that a straight cut into the vagina as an episiotomy creates proves a harder recovery and easier chance of a serious tear in future vaginal births over a natural tear of the vagina.

Why are episiotomies still being performed today when research shows that they have little or no benefit to women?

  • High intervention standards for birth today
  • practice styles and patterns
  • values of individual providers
  • birth settings
  • influence of colleagues
  • influence of medical education

If you are looking to avoid an episiotomy during labor, there are a lot of things you can do.

Danielle
ICAN
supporter, Cesarean Mother, Natural Birth Advocate, Breastfeeding, Attachment
Parenting, Baby wearing, Selectively Vaccinating, Pro Choice, Gay Marriage Supporting, Doula, Aspiring Midwife, Blogging
, Loud Mouth, Bitch, Democrat, Stay At Home Mom, Reformed Mormon, Chiropractic Care for Children Supporting, VBAC Supporting, Home Birth Supporting, Radical Mother of Two amazing little boys. Camden Kent and Benjamin Emil

by on May. 26, 2010 at 11:59 AM
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BlessedToBMommy
by on May. 26, 2010 at 12:01 PM

add a warning, this is cafeMOM, alot of us have kids around and some are too young for us to answer questions.

CTRedSoxMom
by on May. 26, 2010 at 12:03 PM

I have a toddler roaming around too, not once has he questioned this animated picture which you can barely make out what it is.

Quoting BlessedToBMommy:

add a warning, this is cafeMOM, alot of us have kids around and some are too young for us to answer questions.


Danielle
ICAN
supporter, Cesarean Mother, Natural Birth Advocate, Breastfeeding, Attachment
Parenting, Baby wearing, Selectively Vaccinating, Pro Choice, Gay Marriage Supporting, Doula, Aspiring Midwife, Blogging
, Loud Mouth, Bitch, Democrat, Stay At Home Mom, Reformed Mormon, Chiropractic Care for Children Supporting, VBAC Supporting, Home Birth Supporting, Radical Mother of Two amazing little boys. Camden Kent and Benjamin Emil

Sweet_Britt
by on May. 26, 2010 at 12:06 PM

LMAO..a kid would have NO IDEA what that is....

Quoting BlessedToBMommy:

add a warning, this is cafeMOM, alot of us have kids around and some are too young for us to answer questions.


Pregnancy%20ticker

CTRedSoxMom
by on May. 26, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Heck most ADULTS don't know!!

Quoting Sweet_Britt:

LMAO..a kid would have NO IDEA what that is....

Quoting BlessedToBMommy:

add a warning, this is cafeMOM, alot of us have kids around and some are too young for us to answer questions.



Danielle
ICAN
supporter, Cesarean Mother, Natural Birth Advocate, Breastfeeding, Attachment
Parenting, Baby wearing, Selectively Vaccinating, Pro Choice, Gay Marriage Supporting, Doula, Aspiring Midwife, Blogging
, Loud Mouth, Bitch, Democrat, Stay At Home Mom, Reformed Mormon, Chiropractic Care for Children Supporting, VBAC Supporting, Home Birth Supporting, Radical Mother of Two amazing little boys. Camden Kent and Benjamin Emil

CTRedSoxMom
by on May. 26, 2010 at 3:43 PM

bump

truealaskanmom
by on May. 26, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Great post, I really love all of your info.  It makes it easier to find stuff with you and doulala around, my archives are chaos lol

RutterMama
by on May. 26, 2010 at 4:27 PM

My husband woudln't even have known what that was without really looking... Come on!

doulala
by on May. 26, 2010 at 4:31 PM

lol, my kids can point out a cervix and describe if it's dilated!   ;-)

They have been exposed to maternity care & info since Day 1 !  


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