Originally Posted by pamamidwife
Prenatal perineal massage has been shown to never improve the outcome of tearing.
"Plain language summary
Antenatal perineal massage helps reduce both perineal trauma during birth and pain afterwards
Most women are keen to give birth without perineal tears, cuts and stitches, as these often cause pain and discomfort afterwards, and this can impact negatively on sexual functioning. Perineal massage during the last month of pregnancy has been suggested as a possible way of enabling the perineal tissue to expand more easily during birth. The review of trials showed that perineal massage, undertaken by the woman or her partner (for as little as once or twice a week from 35 weeks), reduced the likelihood of perineal trauma (mainly episiotomies) and ongoing perineal pain. The impact was clear for women who had not given birth vaginally before, but was less clear for women who had. There were no randomised trials on the use of massage devices. Women should be informed about the benefits of antenatal perineal massage."
I am still not sure how I feel about it, and it is interesting that the study notes that episomoties were reduced, but not necessarily tearing by all that much. still food for thought.
note thought that this is only about prenatal perineal massage, nothing at all about "massage" during delivery.