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Precious333 12-28-2012 01:27 PM

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.

phathui5 12-28-2012 09:52 PM

"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.

CrunchyMom05 12-28-2012 10:36 PM

A family member of mine needed stitches after her home birth. She went into hospital for suturing then returned to her bub at home.

ananas 12-28-2012 11:49 PM

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.

Voondrop 12-29-2012 07:15 AM

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/.

Precious333 12-29-2012 08:58 AM

thank you! you all are wonderful!

phathui5 12-29-2012 01:57 PM

From the UK:


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

Precious333 12-30-2012 08:07 AM

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

rnra 12-30-2012 08:18 AM

Try this link...

prescottchels 01-01-2013 10:52 PM

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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