September 2011 Moms

Have any of you heard of/done this?

A SIL of mine had her little boy last week, and when I was talking with her about the birth, she mentioned that she tore some, but that her midwife (this was a home birth) did not stitch her up at all. I thought that was routine with episiotomies and tears? I mean, giving birth seems like it stretches you out enough, and wouldn't leaving a tear unstitched would just make it way too loose down there? Have any of you ladies heard of cases like this?

Re: Have any of you heard of/done this?

  • I have heard that, depending on the severity of the tear, that sometimes stitches aren't needed. If it was just a little tiny tear that would heal on it's own, I'd probably hope for no stitches too :) But if it's flapping around, stitch that sucker up haha!
  • Well, it probably wouldn't have been proper etiquette to ask how big of a tear she got, especially since both of our husbands were present,Stick out tongue but I'll hope for her sake that it was small.
  • image shelovesfrodo:
    Well, it probably wouldn't have been proper etiquette to ask how big of a tear she got, especially since both of our husbands were present,Stick out tongue but I'll hope for her sake that it was small.

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  • Very minor tears don't always warrant stitches. I had a severe tear with so many stitches, it looked like the doctor was making something, lol.
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  • I had a slight tear (maybe 2-3 stitches tops) on the inside of a lip but not down from the vagina to anus. I opted not to have the stitches (my labor was quick and there was no time for pain meds even if I wanted them) and it still healed up perfectly fine. You can't even tell except for the fact that it is 'smoother' then normal in that spot.

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  • My biggest fear is to tear again this pregnancy because that was the hardest thing for me with recovery.  It literally took me 8 weeks of recovery time and i still don't feel totally normal and we think it was the way i was stiched up with my first.  I asked my midwife about it this time and she said if i have a 2nd degree tear or less she won't stitch me up at all and just use some dermabond and surgical tape and let me heal myself.  She said i was probably stitched too much for my tear last time and thats why it was so painful and i had such a hard time with it. 
  • With my 1st child my midwife said that I had a minor tear that did not require stitches, but that she "was going to do them anyway".  So, I assume if it's minor some providers will just let you heal on your own. 
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