43. The unkindest cut?
An episiotomy is best avoided, so here are some useful tips. But sometimes the snip is necessary, and you’ll want to get comfortable and heal quickly afterwards.
An episiotomy is a cut made in your perineum – the skin between your vagina and your anus – in order to deliver your baby. Can you imagine being sliced with scissors down there, boys?
Your body is designed to give birth without surgical intervention. There are ways to avoid episiotomies. I have given birth four times without one.
There are situations when an episiotomy may be necessary. Perhaps your baby is in a breech position, and needs to be birthed quickly. Or some other unusual foetal position is putting pressure on your premature baby’s delicate head, ...