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Old Jan 29th, 2012, 05:55 AM   11
LouLou78
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A spinal is only for surgical repair of third/fourth degree tears. Repairs of minor tears such as 1st and 2nds do not require a spinal, only local anaesthetic.



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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 00:01 AM   12
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A spinal is only for surgical repair of third/fourth degree tears. Repairs of minor tears such as 1st and 2nds do not require a spinal, only local anaesthetic.
Well i must not have had 3rd degree tears cause all i got was anasthetic & it felt like getting stitched up without anything, so painful.



 
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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 21:26 PM   13
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From what ive heard they dont numb you. My Dr told me the whole point of an episiotomy was the prevent worse tears that can extend to the muscles. If they think youre going to tear really badly (3rd degree or worse) they will do it, because its easier to repair and recover from an episiotomy than a natural tear.

That being said, you can request they dont do it, and they wont. I tore naturally with both of my kids, 2nd degree, and they healed just fine.



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Old Feb 1st, 2012, 16:13 PM   14
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From what ive heard they dont numb you. My Dr told me the whole point of an episiotomy was the prevent worse tears that can extend to the muscles. If they think youre going to tear really badly (3rd degree or worse) they will do it, because its easier to repair and recover from an episiotomy than a natural tear.

That being said, you can request they dont do it, and they wont. I tore naturally with both of my kids, 2nd degree, and they healed just fine.
Im glad he isn't my Doctor, he is a happy snipper then. Episiotomies in fact can extend to a third/fourth degree. In my experience, no one, and I mean no one can tell even at the point of crowning whether someone will end up with a third degree tear or not, therefore ending up with potentially an unnessary cut. Certainly, based on up to date research in the UK, following years of elective episiotomies, practice has moved forward and episiotomies are only performed here in instances of fetal distress and instrumental deliveries. Performing a cut on a perineum because a health professional thinks the patient will tear, that is 'old school'. Practices certainly vary in different countries from my experience in both America and the UK alone.



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Old Feb 2nd, 2012, 07:52 AM   15
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i had a forceps delivery so of course had an episiotomy. i had had an epidural beforehand so i didn't feel anything. i didn't even know that i'd been cut until they told me afterwards!

i have heard of ladies who have been cut without any pain relief. i should imagine it's quite rare though..



 
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Old Feb 8th, 2012, 06:40 AM   16
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No i wasnt numbed as it needed to be done quick. But honestly i didnt feel a thing because the labour pains were coming thick and fast at the time. They numbed me afterwards for my stitches, and even then i didnt feel the needle



 
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Old Feb 8th, 2012, 14:32 PM   17
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I had an episiotomy because she was a little bit stuck and they had to use the vacume to help deliver her, they never numbed me but I was so focused on the pushing and the pain from contractions that I honestly dont remember feeling it at all!! But like some of the other ladies said the stitching up sucked!! it took my doc 25 minutes of so to stitch me up and he kept sticking me with the numbing stuff but it didnt do anything I felt every stitch...that to me was worse then the whole labour and delivery...lol.



 
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Old Feb 8th, 2012, 16:23 PM   18
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I had a spinal injection xx



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Old Feb 8th, 2012, 17:15 PM   19
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what is the obsession with internal exams in the first stage of labour? and then being told 24 hours latter that you have got to get the baby out now asap even if by cs because after 24hrs you have a risk of infection because you had an internal that they gave you!! why is the infection risk not explained to those in labour BEFORE it done??? and whats more important. finding out how dilated you are or introducing possible infection!!



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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 05:19 AM   20
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I'd had an epidural so didnt feel the episiotomy. Was given local anaesthetic later for the stitches as the epi had worn off. Didnt feel either thankfully but the recovery was very painful



 
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