Unlike many child-related topics, there is a strange moratorium on discussing the complications of vaginal births. So when what you remember most about the day your child was born is not her or his cute nose, but the way your body was ripped apart — it can be hard to admit. Moments after the birth of my second child, a sense of panic took over the room. As she spoke, an assistant worked frantically to prepare me for surgery, having just found a fourth-degree tear, the worst tear you can get in childbirth, one that stretches past the anal sphincter onto the bowel. I left the hospital barely able to walk and covered in bruises.
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An episiotomy is an incision made during childbirth in the perineum, which is the area between the vaginal opening and the anus. It is performed in order to widen the vaginal opening so that the baby can be successfully delivered in an emergency. Once the head is out, the shoulders and the rest of the body quickly follow. Occasionally, however, an emergency arises that necessitates an episiotomy. In such cases, an episiotomy is performed to help enlarge the vaginal opening.
Many labor complications sound worse than they are. We explain six of the most common ones that cause delivery room drama and how your doctor will manage them. We all know that giving birth rarely happens like it does on TV shows: Your water breaks; you gasp, exclaim, "She's coming! We've got a quadruple nuchal and need a cold-knife section! More than likely, it will be somewhere between the two.