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    Default Epi-no stretching device - any success stories?

    Would like to hear from anyone who has used one and didn't tear, or had less tearing. Or if you know someone who did.

    Also if you used one yet still tore significantly.

    Product is quite expensive to buy new at $180 so it would want to be worth it!

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    Hi My friend used 1 and she said it was great, she didn't tear or anything. Where are you having your baby, I believe RPA in Sydney are doing a trial that you can participate in if you meet certain criteria.

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    I used one. I got a 2nd degree year tho. I had a fairly quick labour, 5 hours with 30 minutes of pushing so I don't know if that had something to do with it. It did prepare me for the stretchy feeling tho, which was good.

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    I bought one, wanting to use it for my second pregnancy. I did a lot of research on it (mainly from other countries, as there is no aus. data) and it seems like they work. I had two midwives tell me to buy it as I was so worried about doing damage again.

    In the end I never even got to try it because I booked in for a c-section! So I'm sorry I can't help you personally, but since then I have had friends buy them and use them. One for her 1st, and 2 for their 2nd births because they had tearing. None of them tore, but they said it was mostly that they knew the exact sensation the head would create and they weren't scared at all in transition/head coming out. So maybe that has something to do with it? Not suddenly being caught off guard by the sensation of birthing a head and being able to control your fear?

    I have also seen them on ebay for cheaper than the company sells them, not all of them second hand.

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    I asked my gyn at my check up after 4th degree tear about the epi no and she said some people who use it experience too much stretching over a long term which results in longer recovery to go back to normal. Would love to hear any more testimonials!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elleseetee View Post
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    I asked my gyn at my check up after 4th degree tear about the epi no and she said some people who use it experience too much stretching over a long term which results in longer recovery to go back to normal. Would love to hear any more testimonials!
    This makes sense to me, I think that the (cheaper!) perineal massge to desensitise and help with elasticity rather than "prestretch" with epi-no sounds like a better option to me.

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    My OB highly suggested this and I brought one....I only got to 6-7cm in my practice sessions (got slack as had some family issues happen close to due date).

    Interestingly this is exactly how far I would stretch to during labour, so ended up with an epi and 3rd degree tear to get bubs out.

    So whilst not really a feel good story for you (!!) perhaps take it as a positive like I am now. Had I have continued, I may have been ok with no tearing. I'll certainly be doing it again for my 2nd and ensure I get to 10cm

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    I thought about using one but was advised against it. When your in labour you have special hormones that help your muscles stretch, and you don't have them in practice sessions which would make it more difficult and more chance of you doing some damage.
    I didn't have any perennial tearing and I think this was due to me listening to my body through the pushing stage, I went slow, I stopped when it hurt and only pushed through a contraction not a second more. I think it's bad when you push harder than you need to to get it over with. My midwife was also fantastic and she was stretching my perenium with her finger while I was pushing and used hot towels pressed against it. I really think these things made a difference.


 

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