Just 'A Little Snip'

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Registered: 07-05-2005
Just 'A Little Snip'
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Fri, 08-24-2012 - 12:45pm

Few women go into the delivery room planning to have an episiotomy -- a cut made in the delicate tissues between a woman's vagina and anus. But many do, and episiotomy has become a common, if under-discussed, aspect of hundreds of thousands of women's birth stories in the last century.

"Now, [medical] residents know we don't do episiotomies unless, in our clinical judgment, we feel it is indicated," said Dr. John Repke, an OB-GYN with Penn State's College of Medicine, who helped draft the guidelines. An example: Doctors might decide to perform an episiotomy if the fetal heart rate is dropping and they need to get a baby out fast, he explained.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/22/episiotomy-childbirth-guidelines_n_1799394.html?utm_hp_ref=...

Have you discussed your wishes regarding having an episiotomy with your doctor?  Did you have one with previous births?

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Registered: 04-18-2003
Fri, 08-24-2012 - 8:02pm

As soon as I saw the title, I shuddered. I've read and heard so many graphic anecdotes about how it's done, how a woman feels after it's done and how due to a lack of knowledge doctors thought by putting in an extra stitich or two they'd tighten up a woman, it still makes me cringe as much as it did at 16 years old. I do, however, believe that things should not be under-discussed and it should be discussed.

Gail

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Registered: 04-18-2003
Sun, 08-26-2012 - 10:28pm

I did the stretching exercises suggested to prevent tearing, and we we had warm olive oil ready to help with the pushing.  Despite a rapid delivery, I didn't tear.  I remembe when my friend had some tearing and the midwives asked if she wanted the small tears stitched up, she said "NO!" I found out later that she had done some research and decided unless the tears were large, she wasn't going to allow that area to be stitched up ever again.

Gail