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question about tearing.....

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

So, if DH agrees to a UC, if I tear, how do we deal with that? Does DH have to learn to stitch it up if its too big?  I didn't tear with my last two (well I did with my second, but didn't need stitches), but I'd like to be prepared for anything.

post #2 of 10

"Does DH have to learn to stitch it up if its too big?"

 

No; I would not recommend getting stitches from someone who doesn't have experience with suturing, especially in such a sensitive area. 

 

If you have a tear that you think needs stitches, I would ask a friendly midwife for help, otherwise you need to go to the hospital for stitching.

post #3 of 10
A family member of mine needed stitches after her home birth. She went into hospital for suturing then returned to her bub at home.
post #4 of 10
I definitely wouldn't have anybody but a trained professional do stitches. I would have a back-up plan including a midwife or hospital in case you need something such as suturing done.
post #5 of 10

Firstly know your tears. I'm comfortable w/ treating a first degree tear on my own, w/ ice & honey. Anything above that & I would go in to the ER. They do stitches all the time & developing a fistula or prolapse of some kind is not something I'm comfortable w/.

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

thank you! you all are wonderful!

post #7 of 10

From the UK:

http://www.clinicalguidelines.scot.nhs.uk/National%20Guidelines/PERINEAL_PROCEDURETOOL_SEPT08.pdf

 

I usually avoid the Skeptical OB, but this post has good pictures that show how to tell how bad a tear is:

http://www.skepticalob.com/2012/02/vaginal-tears.html 

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

thanks phathui5, the second link showed up as error on page.

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post #10 of 10

That's a great link. I just saved it so I can add it to my list of things to teach DP about thumb.gif

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