“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 get a tear down there while in labour. Here’s what you can do to reduce your risk or help it heal.
While they're no longer a routine labour intervention, episiotomies are still a possibility in the delivery room.