Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Good Ship Lollipop
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My mw gave me an episiotomy. I had been pushing for about 8 hours (that's what my husband says, anyway, I can barely remember it.) I really didn't want one. When she said she was going to give me one, I yelled "Crap! Crap!" and started to push really hard. (no, I didn't yell sh*t, don't you think that's kind of weird?) I thought maybe I could finally push the baby out before she made the cut. But she was very speedy and very gentle and very accurate, so she did make the cut first.
It healed okay, I guess. I mean, it was still bleeding a little when she examined me at the six week post partum exam. It didn't particularly sting afterward. It does seem to have fully healed and everything feels normal to me now.
I don't think the baby was in distress when she did it. On the other hand, it was forty-four @##*$*^# hours of stupid pitocin and other interventions. (Water broke, labor didn't start.) I think she was getting nervous. Part of the reason I chose the midwifery was to avoid pitocin, an epidural, and an episiotomy. They almost never cut, I think they said in less than 1% of their births when I asked.
OTOH, an OB would have insisted on a c-section at the beginning of those 44 hours. I'd rather recover from an episiotomy than a c-section.
Divorced mom of one awesome boy born 2-3-2003.