“I remember looking at her and thinking, what?! I didn’t know you could tear that.”
My birth plan included an epidural. But after two tries, it didn’t work and I went through 18 hours of excruciating labour and an episiotomy without one.
It’s pretty common to experience perineal tearing while in labour. Here’s what you can do to reduce your risk or help it heal.
While no longer routine, episiotomies are still a possibility in the delivery room.