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The Truth About Tearing
You’ve heard the horror stories. You’ve googled the cringe-worthy photos of 4th degree tears. You’re scared of tearing while pushing during birth and even with a little vaginal tear, you’re wondering
While tearing is not always preventable, you can discuss with your provider about your position options during pushing to a position that puts less pressure on the perineum and pushing in the moments you feel the urge, which can even be possible with an epidural. During the pushing phase, your provider can also support our perineum by putting pressure with a warm cloth or lightly stretching your perineum with their finger as your baby is beginning to crown. Most importantly, the first step to easing your fears and preventing vaginal tears is to discuss your concerns with your provider and come up with a plan together.
But what about episiotomies?
Is it better to tear or have an episiotomy?
An episiotomy is an incision your provider makes to your perineum. While it can be necessary and life saving, most OBs do not do them routinely anymore as the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recognizes episiotomies can sometimes be more harmful than helpful with greater recovery time.
Hiring a birth doula doesn’t prevent tearing but can get you comfortable, help you voice your concerns about tearing during pregnancy and even during pushing, but most importantly, they can ease your fears about the entire process. Mainstay Doulas & Co. offers the best birth doulas in Miami and are ready to listen to your fears of the smallest tears to a fourth degree tear and help you figure out the best options for you.
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