Episiotomy During Childbirth

India
February 8, 2009 2:24pm CST
I had my first and only son by ceasarean due to high blood pressure. I have heard lot of horror stories about episiotomy. Tell about your experience of episiotomy and also do you think that episiotomy is necessary during normal child birth.
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@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
10 Feb 09
I didn't have one. I think it could help though. I had a small tear. The doctor said i only needed one stict if that. My friend though said she had to have one. She said by the time they went to give her one her epidural had wore off and she screamed the whole time. My sister had one as well. Her epidural prevented her from feeling it but after delivery she was in so much pain. She took a while to heal too.
• India
10 Feb 09
In our country epidural is not common and they give epidural only on request that too in some hospitals.. most of the hospitals don't give epidural.So if it is a normal child birth one has to give birth without an epidural and one of my friend was telling me that she could feel every single stitch after an episiotomy and she added that it is worse than child birth and she suffered from pain for almost a month.
@unchie (122)
• Philippines
10 Feb 09
Yeah it is necessary. it is safer for both mom and baby. It makes delivery faster. I had episiotomy and i didnt noticed and felt when they cut it. I just felt the pain when i wake up.Its really painful to pee and poop. Pain just last 3 days.
• India
10 Feb 09
Yes I know it is really very difficult to pee and poop after an episiotomy.. my friend starts crying whenever she goes to pee or poop.
• United States
8 Feb 09
My children were all over eight pounds. I have a tiny frame as it is, so it was an automatic to have it done. It is not a bad experience, just a little soreness for a couple of weeks with some itching during the healing. Not a big deal at all.
• India
8 Feb 09
Oh that is great !! lucky you; did not have much complications like some of my friends..
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
15 Jun 09
They aren't necessary but they can be helpful. It's easier to deliver and there are less chances of tearing..which can be more uncomfortable than the procedure.
@sacmom (14338)
• United States
19 Feb 09
I don't think it is always necessary during a normal child birth. Though it also probably depends on the individual woman. I had an episiotomy with my first born. I didn't really want one, but I wasn't cooperating at first and my baby's heart rate started to drop. At that point I was willing to cooperate, but by then the doctor decided to give me a little snip down there to help with the delivery. Was it necessary? Probably not as I sure didn't need one when I gave birth to my second child. If I would have known then what I know now I wouldn't have had one. But what's done is done. I can't undo the past.
@maximax8 (27049)
13 Feb 09
I have two children. In both my birth plans I said no to having an episiotomy. I luckily had my first baby in in eight hours and took 20 minutes for the pushing stage. Sadly I had a retained placenta so after my home birth went to hospital to get it removed. That was done with surgeons manually and was very painful. I got tears but I refused stitching and it healed fine. I luckily had my second baby in two and a half hours, two contractions bought him out without any pushing. I didn't tear at all and my bod was fine straight after the labor. I delivered the placenta fine that time I am glad to say. My friend had an episiotomy and it was stitched up wrong. She was in terrible pain and after it was sorted properly it took ages to heal. Episiotomy is used when necessary and it sounds horrible. It is in a labor more demanding that a normal delivery.
@lisa0502 (1726)
• Canada
13 Feb 09
I had one when I gave birth to my first child. To me when they cut it really really hurt. They were in a real rush as my baby was having some problems. But after they cut I was okay. It did not even hurt that much after the fact. Just a little tender for the next couple of days. I did not have it done with my other two kids.