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#1 of 3 Old 03-23-2008, 06:48 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My client gave birth this morning at 5:11 am (she was amazing) and she has a healthy, beautiful little baby. She came very quickly and left mom with a "small jagged tear inside" and a "supra urethral tear" that the midwife repaired (for 45 minuites).

Had I not been exhausted and bleary, I would have asked the midwife more about the particular issues with her tears when I chatted with her before leaving. I forgot to and now I am wondering about this urethral tear and what risks/recovery issues/concerns/etc it might pose. I am also doing postpartum work with this mom, so I'd like to know more about the specifics of the damage that she is dealing with. Can any of the CNMs of CPMs here (or a doula who has done this or a person who has had this!) describe what this means (the super part) and what it might be useful to know when helping her.

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Megan Davidson, Labor & Postpartum Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor, Anthropologist, Mom to August (9) and Clay (4), Partner to Shawn.

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I'm assuming you mean supra (not "super") urethral tear- ie above the urethra? In this case the tear would be anterior to the urethra and not through it. Peri care would be the same for other tears-ice initially for swelling/pain, peri bottle, sitz baths, etc.

Having been the recipient of a periurethral tear (repaired) with one of my children, I can say from experience that urinating will be uncomfortable for a few days. The peri bottle/sitz baths will be very soothing. Other than routine care and watching for any signs of a UTI, there isn't much else to do unless I misunderstood your post and she had significant tearing completely through the urethra.
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hum. I changed it to supra but I'm not sure. The MW said the tear was through the urethra but then later dictted for the chart what sounded like super but was perhaps supra. Anyhow, thanks for the feedback. Types of tears are clearly not my specialty!

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