If you ask around, chances are you're going to find some moms who have had an episiotomy and it may leave you wondering if you will need one too. Don't worry! We've got you covered. In case you're wondering what an episiotomy is, it's a cut made with scissors into your perineal area to make more room for baby's grand entrance into the world. There's some debate about if it's really necessary or not and what the benefits and risks are to mother and baby. Plus, we're going to tell you everything you need to know to avoid one altogether!
3:55 - In case you need to know what an episiotomy is and also the different ways they are performed, we get into all of that here. You're welcome.
6:58 - There are benefits to staying in-tact or not having an episiotomy for both mother and baby. On the other side, there are things that can be much more difficult when an episiotomy is performed, and it doesn't just have to do with the birth.
13:53 - There are certainly some risks involved with any procedure that is performed during labor including infection and vaginal trauma. Also, if you've ever wondered what the different degrees of tearing are, wonder no more.
17:01 - Are there actually reasons that a mother may need an episiotomy?
19:56 - If you do have an episiotomy or any tearing that requires stitches, there are some things you can do to help the healing go well.
23:07 - Guess what?! We're going to tell you exactly what you need to do to AVOID getting an episiotomy at all!