For my last labor and birth I delivered my dd in a squatting position (a little more quickly than we expected). The doctor encouraged me to slow down a bit and lay on my side, but I was kind of out of my mind and focused only on ending labor - had to get her out immediately if it killed me.
I ended up with a 4th degree tear. He stitched me up and it seemed to heal just fine without any complications. I now realize how fortunate I am to have had healed so nicely relative to a handful of friends who suffered major complications from their tears.
I am pregnant again and will have this baby approximately 20 months after the tear. I am wondering if it's pretty common to tear again when you tore like I did. Anybody know about this?
I also had a 4th degree with my first and was terrified for a repeat with #2. My son was 9lbs 7oz (a full 1.5lbs larger than my daughter) and I didn't even have one stitch the 2nd time around. So it CAN be done!!! Good luck.