Rebecca Woolf hadn't had much in the way of a birth plan. But in her prenatal visits, she had been explicit about not wanting an episiotomy.
Her doctor said, "Oh yeah, it shouldn't be a problem. Sounds good," Woolf recalled. "But when we got into the delivery room, it was, 'I've got to do this, I've got no choice. If I don’t cut you, you're going to tear. It's going to be terrible. it's going to be way worse.'"