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Old 02-22-2013, 04:52 PM   #5
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Re: Bleeding During Perineal Massage? Prob.TMI

I have mixed feelings about perineal massage. The body prepares so many ways for birth and breastfeeding, massaging the perineum seems like overkill. Staying hydrated during labor (but not overhydrated, as IVs can cause edema which can cause tearing), and an upright position for second stage coupled with a mom pushing when she feels the urge, are optimal ways to avoid tearing, imo.

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