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Comment by Birth Videos on October 27, 2010 at 6:18pm
MegBoz, I agree completely. It does appear to be an unnecessary episiotomy and I also agree these kind of cuts should only be done if the baby is in distress and must come out now. In the vast majority of circumstances it's fine to deliver the baby at your own pace!
Comment by Birth Videos on October 27, 2010 at 6:15pm
Yes I think you are spot on Samantha it's good to see some of the birth interventions that are out there to know what you want.
Comment by Samantha on October 27, 2010 at 2:30pm
WOW, what a unnecessary episiotomy
The doctor was killing me the way he was talking to her too. that is just too bad, i know i would rather tear then get cut and now seeing that i am even more sure.
I think this is a great video and shows the other side of things that happen more often then the a natural now medicalized birth. I think it shows women what can happen if we dont get educated and inform are selfs of options that are out there. No affiance to the women in this video, thanks for sharing
Comment by MegBoz on October 27, 2010 at 7:50am
Well, I've read a lot about totally unnecessary** episiotomy & now I've had the chance to see one. It was every bit as horrifying, nauseating, & infuriating as I'd anticipated. & that is not because of the graphic content - I have no difficulty in watching surgery. I find medicine interesting. It's because I watched this cut knowing full well that it was not only not necessary, not only not helpful, but completely and utterly damaging. He might as well have stuck those scissors up her nose & made a cut there, for all the benefit episiotomy provides - or cut the soft webbing on her hand between index finger & thumb.

Actually, come to think of it, if given the choice, I'd personally rather be cut at the nose or hand than have an unnecessary episiotomy. At least those cuts don't have the substantial risk of extending into something much worse (i.e. 3rd or 4th degree tear through the rectum.) & then there's that whole painful sex thing to be concerned about.

& once again, I must inquire, WHAT IS WITH THE RUSH?! Ugh!!!! Clearly the baby isn't in distress, or he would have said so - and his tone of voice wouldn't have had the joyful sense of excitement that it does.

As for the rushing, his choice of words such as, "don't quit on me know!" Love it! Yeah - cuz meeting her baby is, I'm sure, inadequate "motivation" for this woman to push. His other comment of "jump on top of it" combined with his tone of voice makes him sound as if he is at the gym coaching his buddy through a heavy set of bench presses. As an ACE-certified fitness instructor, personal trainer, & someone with substantial experience in heavy strength training, I find his choice of words & tone to be more than appropriate for the gym. However, in this situation he sounds like a total jacka$$, JMHO.

**& I'm defining "unnecessary" episiotomy here as ANY reason whatsoever other than "baby is in distress & needs to come out NOW." So any incorrect, idiotic, uneducated & ill-informed reason such as "all first time moms need one," or "she was about to tear anyway" or "She would have torn upwards" or "I needed room for the vacuum" (uh, yeah, cuz it doesn't increase the circumference of the presenting part - so that one baffles me.)
Comment by Alicia M on October 26, 2010 at 5:24am
This is awful. Why are these posted on a site that is about empowering women to take control of their births?
Comment by Jyn Meyer on October 24, 2010 at 4:14pm


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