Natural Childbirth Tips From Midwives : Preventing Perineal Tears

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Perineal tears may occur during childbirth, but prevention starts with good nutrition, because tissue that is exposed to a good diet will have more elasticity. Learn about perineal massage starting at 36 weeks of pregnancy with help from a certified nurse-midwife in this free video on perineal tears during childbirth.

Expert: Michelle Collins
Bio: Michelle Collins has more than 20 years of experience in the field of maternal-child health, first as a labor, delivery and pediatric nurse, and currently as a certified nurse-midwife.
Filmmaker: Dimitri LaBarge


Linda Weaver says:

If there’s a way to avoid episiotomy, you might as well do it. Fewer wounds
mean less pain. These tips are very useful especially when you decide to
have an all-natural vaginal delivery. 

Rebecca S says:

Its just different for every person. Idk why people have to argue about the
silliest things. Anyhow, getting an episiotomy isnt a big deal. I had one
with my 1st labor and i couldnt feel it when the doctor cut me because i
had an epidural, when the feeling started coming back of course the whole
area down there is painful but it settles down over the next few days
especially if u keep urself clean n take care. Not a big deal the pain is
temporary. 29 weeks with my 2nd baby n i cant wait for del

Aldrin Riel Boyano says:

perineal lacerations or tearing during child birth is normal, how ever it
can be prevented by an episiotomy or an incision in the perineum almost all
deliveries for the first time will definitely have a tear, depending on the
size of the baby and the rigidity of the perineum , mothers delivering
babies for more than 3 usually wont have tears but it can be a case to case
basis, Thank you…… Aldrin, Registered Midwife

Renae Lindberg says:

This is a incorrect video. We took natural birthing classes and had a
midwife home birth. I had a, no joke, 10 1/2 lb baby with little to no
tearing at all (no stitches). My midwife used olive oil and did a perineal
massage while I was in labor to help stretch me out. As far as I understood
from her cutting is the worst thing you can do ANY time. It makes it weaker
for a bigger tear and starts you out with a first degree tear to begin
with!!!!! Tearing doesn’t have to be the norm!!!

kachangpestana says:

but does tearing happen all the time? even when the diet’s good and all? is
it normal or does every delivery have tearing?

chancieacres says:

Of course not every delivery has tearing. I had no tearing at all with both
of my babies and I know plenty of women who have also experienced no
tearing. @terpiplers – I can’t honestly believe you are a registered
midwife. You say you are, yet you are basically promoting episiotomies. It
is not the first route to go to prevent a tear, there are many other
natural methods to use before even giving birth that will help (like stated
in this video)!! It should be the last resort!!

swatson1190 says:

My daughter has had two babies, totally natural, no tearing.

KiaBayo says:

Is it necessary to stitch a first degree perineal tear? I know a woman that
healed fine with a first degree tear and I was quite surprised. Have you
ever experienced this before?

renerocks745 says:

Stupid, putrid person!

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