I had a Tear with DD and then an episiotomy with DS.
The tear hurt less and healed faster then the episiotomy. Even though it was a "bad" tear.
This is going to sound totally crazy, my vagina tore 3 ways. Only two tears needed stitches and only one has any noticeable scar tissue, and I swear it didn't hurt (no I wasn't on drugs )
The midwife told me to hold it because I was going to tear and I couldn't care less. Baby. Out. Now.
I'm actually oddly proud I tore. I'm that awesome I got baby out no matter what.
I'd rather tear than be cut.
But if I had the choice between being cut for forcepts or suction.... I'd probably go a csection. I don't like sharp pointy things in or near my vagina.
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My midwife says they don't do episiotomys unless it is an emergency ie. babies heart rate dropping and they need to get the baby out immediately. They just let you tear naturally and I have read there's less rate of infection and less problems with natural tears than with episiotomys.
I just thought I'd chime in with how I've avoided ever needing an episiotomy (or however you spell it), but it should really only be taken with a grain of salt, because I've never gotten my dr's advice or anything, which I'd recommend for anybody else. That's my disclaimer
I only had one very slight tear with my first, but before the baby crowned, the dr massaged the area down there really well. Ever since then, I've made it a practice to massage the area myself leading up to D-day. Two vaginal births later, I never had an episiotomy or any other tears
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