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post #41 of 53
Usually pressure episiotomy is when they cut it while the baby's head is pressed hard against the perineum. The pressure reduces the blood flow and sensation in the area so you don't feel the cut. Sounds like it sure beat tearing upwards! I think one of the very few situations where an episiotomy really is called for.
post #42 of 53
I tore in three places and got 6 stitches. I gave birth at a freestanding birth center with a midwife. I was stitched up, by her, after delivering the placenta (maybe 30 minutes or so after the birth, possibly less). She gave me a local shot, but it didn't really work. OUCH! I was definitely taken aback at how painful it was, but like labor, I survived it. I believe I had one 3rd degree tear and two 1 degrees. Took maybe 5 minutes. I guess I am glad I "let" them do it - she didn't really give me a choice. I figure if it had only been 1 degree tears my doula might have suggested I not get stitched and keep my legs together as much as possible afterwards. The healing process was tough for a few days, but I'm not 100% sure that was because I had stitches.
post #43 of 53
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can you explain what a "pressure epi" is?
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Originally Posted by Eresh View Post
Usually pressure episiotomy is when they cut it while the baby's head is pressed hard against the perineum. The pressure reduces the blood flow and sensation in the area so you don't feel the cut. Sounds like it sure beat tearing upwards! I think one of the very few situations where an episiotomy really is called for.
yes. while your feeling the ring of fire they just use a scalpel to cut just a enough to let the baby come out. i had researched and knew that cutting COULD cause you to tear MORE as the incision was started and i also had talked to the doc (who i had only met TWICE before delivery!), wrote in my birth plan etc that i didn't WANT an epi. i have to say that i was very lucky how it turned out. i agree that all epi's aren't bad! she explained to me that everything was turning white and mostly upwards so i could tear but it woud be excruiting and could cause incontence later etc. its funny how out of it i was but being prepared and the doc knowing and TRUSTING me was what really made me have a good outcome. i only realize now (with all the mdc info, having more time under my belt etc) that i had the best luck in the world with meeting my new ob. i could have had a HORRIBLE birth!
post #44 of 53
I had a second degree tear with DS. I recall a slight stinging sensation when the OB gave me the numbing shot, but that was it. And honestly, after an unmedicated birth with a rather large baby, the numbing/stitching seemed painless!
post #45 of 53
I had 4 stitches without local. It was awful. I screamed. I felt like a big baby, but it HURT!

I had an epidural, but it didn't seem to affect that area (which really seemed to help with pushing, so i'm not complaining.)
post #46 of 53
I had a few stitches for a barely second degree tear after my homebirth. I didn't feel any pain while tearing, and when midwife told I'd need a few stitches, I argued, "I did not tear!"
She injected a local, and stitched me as I nursed dd. Didn't feel a thing. A total non-event after 30 hours of labor.
post #47 of 53
I had what my OB described as a "true" shoulder dystocia that necessitated a significant episiotomy resulting in a 4th degree laceration. I also had a pretty significant hemorrhage. My doc spent well over an hour putting me back together. No clue how many stitches were involved, but presumably a lot since both my vagina and rectum were totally reconstructed. I was hesitant to have an epidural before going into labor, but man was I glad that I did given the reconstruction I required. Given the drugs and the blood loss, I was pretty out of it and don't remember much. I can tell you that my 1st postpartum poop was one of my most painful experiences to date.
post #48 of 53
I got 3 stiches, I think, after a natural tear. I remember lying with DS on the bed where I had just given birth, in total bliss, with my legs open, midwife with a light, putting stiches. I didn't feel anything, nor did I care. I really did not feel the tear or the stitching. DH watched the stitching but I didn't. It took a few weeks to heal. I stayed in bed a lot, walking hurt a little but not too much. Something was sensative there during sex for a little while but I don't feel any difference anymore. It looks fine too. DS is 1.5.
post #49 of 53
1st, dr in hospital cut episiotomy, resulted in 3rd, almost 4th degree tear. took over 30 stitches to repair. local shots of pain killer, repeatedly, but i still felt every stitch, although after the birth pain, it really didnt bother me so bad, i remember counting them as i felt them go in, LOL.

2nd, same dr, cut again, not so bad this time, local shot, didnt hurt so much this time, birth was great so i was in lala land anyways, i asked how many stitches he put in, he said, "dont know, not too many as i did them all with just one suture" so i think just 4 or so.

3rd, same dr, but he desided he learned something new, that cutting wasnt such a great idea, much bigger baby than my first, i had 2 small anterior tears, but i was still screaming from the pain of delivery that when he touched me i freaked out, so he said he wouldl skip the stitches he would have put. to do it over again, there is one of those that i really wish i had been stitched. never healed right.
post #50 of 53
I had i think 4 stiches, they were small tears but one of them was forming a flap of skin that the midwife didnt think would heal well without a stitch, so we decided to stich them all up whilst she was at it. I also had an internal tear at the front but that wasnt stitched up as it looked like it would heal on its own.

I had lidocane but for some reason it didnt take on one side, so it hurt, it actually hurt more than the labour for me, but again thats not saying much as it was pretty much pain free for me. My midwife gave me ural to take to alkalise my urine so it didnt burn to much, and i did warm herbal and salt sitz baths daily and within a week there was no pain, it only really hurt for 2 or 3 days, the hemeroids where worse. My midwife also used med honey on them because the flap of skin was pulling away even with the stitch and that stoped the pain, so i would recomend getting some if you can. The flap of skin ended up not healing at all, and died so i cut it off, but once that was gone everything healed really well, now i dont even realise i still have the stitches, and it seems to be healing well.
post #51 of 53
I wasn't going to post but since some other mamas mentioned the numbing injection not working...

With dd2 I had a 4th degree tear. It took about 30-45 minutes to repair and close to 200 sutures to do it. Initially I was given an injection of pain killer but it didn't "take" completely and there were large windows in the pain coverage. I was at a hospital and what they did was put in an IV of general pain medication (I joke that I had the birth without meds but once she was out I had both narcotics and pit). It made me a bit loopy but didn't interfere with breastfeeding and it made the suturing A LOT better/easier to handle.

So if, for some reason, you do need suturing and the 'caine injection doesn't work... tell them you need something more. You might even mention this to your care provider if you are home birthing so they know to bring more pain killers (or different types of pain killers since you may react more strongly to some) than they might otherwise. I know this is something I've dealt with at the dentist... there are certain meds I respond better to and I often need a slightly higher dose. Just let them know so they are prepared.

Happy birthing!
post #52 of 53
I have not read the responses but I will share my experience. I had a fourth degree epis. and the stitching was very easy and did not take long. I have a VERY VERY VERY good OB/GYN and he did it very quickly and simply. He kidded me "Good luck passing through airport security from now on, I am sewing in a penny too." I know I know, some of you would be totally offended and want to kick his butt, but is a very good friend so it was no big deal. I had NO problems afterward either, no infection, no horrible pain, no leakage and my vagina is completely back to normal as well. Have nothing to complain about really.
post #53 of 53
I had a tear. Not sure about degree or number of stitches but the MW and the OB took about 20 minutes to suture. I went to surgery an hour later for a D & C and the OB later told me that he tore some of the stitches on accident and had to re-suture. I could hardly walk for about 2 days and ice felt like heaven. The swelling started to go down about 3 or 4 days later but the pain lasted a few weeks.
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