Quote from becca.utns
All of the research I have read says that episiotomies are done frequently but moms do better without having one. I have also read research that shows moms who have episiotomies have greater incidence of 3rd & 4th degree lacerations, whereas moms who do not recieve an episiotomy usually only have 1st to 2nd degree lacerations.
My question is with all of the research why are OB's continuing with such a high rate of episiotomies. Also, in your practice, do you agree with the research findings that show the risks of episiotomies outweigh the benefits?
Well I have the same question! I'm a student but I'm also a mom. I hope to work in L&D.
I had an episiotomy with my first child, who was a 5 pound 35 weeker. That episiotomy was completely unnecessary and was performed simply because the dr I went to at the time did them routinely :angryfire I was barely 20 and didn't know better. I am not kidding when I say that recovering from the episiotomy was the most horrible part of the entire experience. It hurt so much.
With my second child (5 yrs later) I was much more informed (due to the first experience) and I went for all natural birth. I had a midwife that time. No episiotomy among other things. This was the most incredible experience, and my son was FT weighing 6 pounds 9 oz (still a peanut
). He shot out no problem and I had maybe a little scratch that needed no stitches. I was up and around within 30 minutes. I probably would have been up before that but I was too busy loving on my newborn! Everything healed up quickly "down there". Seriously, the soreness subsided with a day or two!! Kegels kegels kegels
I planned the third labor experience to be the same as my second, but the little stinker turned frank breech a few days before he was born
So from my experience, I think that episiotomies are performed routinely by many doctors, especially "older" ones. This is just my opinion.