Has anything been explained to you about the episiotomy?

Has anything been explained to you about the episiotomy?

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Now that you are close to having your baby, have you been explained anything about episiotomy in the first birth? It has sounded criticism for the sequels that prevent the optimal recovery of the new mother during the puerperium or quarantine, period that elapses from when you give birth until about 6 or 8 weeks after delivery.

For those who still do not know, the episiotomy is a cut in the perineum (space between the vagina and the anus) to enlarge the vaginal orifice and thus favor the exit of the baby's head in the expulsive. Normally, this minor surgical intervention is recommended to help your child be born in difficult deliveries, since among other benefits, it avoids a too long expulsion phase, in which the child may have fetal distress or the mothers suffer, due to the great effort and pressure of the baby's head, irregular tears, much more difficult to repair than the clean cut of the episiotomy.

It is also often used to avoid extreme exhaustion of the mother, especially in gilts, for whom labor is usually more exhausting and lasting than for subsequent deliveries, if any.

Of course, in these cases, all mothers will agree in thinking that obstetricians or midwives should make the most convenient decision at the time of delivery. But I find it quite undesirable to practice it lightly, just to decrease the natural time a mother needs to give birth to her baby. I say this because I hardly know any woman who has not been the subject of one. Many times mothers suffer postpartum consequences of this practice, which, although not serious, can be very annoying.

Postpartum is not the best time to bear an added burden, as the first weeks aftergiving birth we are exposed to many changes on a physical and psychological level. It is rare that the mother does not need to rest or take it easy to be able to dedicate herself fully to her child and adjust to life with a new member of the family.

States of sadness or other emotional changes are also the order of the day. The help of the father in this stage is key, he may be involved in the care of his baby and in caring for his wife.

Patro Gabaldon

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