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post #41 of 47
From what I've read:
perineal massage PRIOR to labor (self-administered) is beneficial, but during labor it is not, and they're stopping the recommendation of it. Instead compresses as counterpressure on the perineum seem to do better at preventing tears.
post #42 of 47
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Originally Posted by JeskaMW2B View Post
Megan, perineal massage is a good thing.
By "perineal massage" - are you referring to that "wrenching" thing I described? (Forcefully YANKING the vagina apart width-wise, then stretching down.)

I've also read a description somewhere of a more gentle 'rubbing' type of perineal massage, concentrated down towards the anus (no yanking apart witdh-wise.) Is that what you mean?

I read on that same thread on the birth pros forum that someone saw an OB "bust a mama's perinium wide open." She wrote it was horrible & even the OB seemed surprised & horrified.

I'm not an SA survivor, but the 'wrenching' thing sounds awful to me. As I wrote, it sounds downright violent & I certainly would think it would not only inhibit, but anger me.

I didn't read up on it too extensively, but I think I remember reading that the jury is sorta still out on it - some studies show benefit some don't. But the pre-labor massage in late pregnancy, many women find to be uncomfortable & possibly painful. So I thought 'to heck with it.'
post #43 of 47
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Originally Posted by MegBoz View Post
Jessica,

Your student said the MW used "perineal massage" is that that action also referred to as "vagina wrenching" - taking 2 fingers from each hand, pulling outwards at the 3 o'clock & 9 o'clock positions, & sweeping down towards the anus?
I had this done and told the MW to stop it. If felt awful and was NOT what I needed to be feeling at that moment. She continued with hot compresses (I think) and I did not tear at all.
post #44 of 47

I have no idea what this "wrenching" perineal massage is. I've yet to see a midwife do any type of stretching that hurt the mother. They mostly use hot compresses, and in a long pushing stage may use some perineal massage but nothing that looks to be (or is reported to be by the client) painful or harmful as they are just using oil sometimes and sometimes lube to make the skin stretchy as the head is coming in preparation for birth to avoid a tear.

I'd say, ask a midwife you work with for more info and definitely talk to your providers to make sure they don't do something you don't want them to.


Edited by BirthWithFaith - 4/12/11 at 5:16am
post #45 of 47
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UPDATE: Kathy Slone

I had my beautiful son on October 20th. Kathy Slone attended me at Mercy hospital. I cannot say enough good things about Kathy's care. She was nothing short of exceptional. I would highy recommend her to anyone. She is so knowleadgeable and was totally in control while in the hospital. It was obvious that the Mercy staff had a solid respect for her. My birth went off without a hitch. The staff at Mercy was awesome as well as my doula (Bobbie Humphrey). I wouldn't change a thing about the birth. It was 100% natural and my birth plan was followed. I'm soo happy I chose to use the support team that I had. When I have another baby I will be using all of the same people. I was only in the hospital about 2 and a half hours before he was born. He was out in 3 pushes and the pushing part only took a total of 4 minutes. The whole thing was awesome!!!!!!!!
post #46 of 47

re: your birth

Congratulations!!!!!!

-Barbara Stratton
post #47 of 47
Congratulations - I followed this thread over the summer and am so happy to see how pleased you are with your decision!

Enjoy your babymoon, and when you are ready to get out of the house, think about joining our new mom's group at Mercy, Mondays 10:00am.

Emily
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