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Old 02-22-2013, 09:56 PM   #7
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Re: Bleeding During Perineal Massage? Prob.TMI

Originally Posted by birdinhand View Post
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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I was thinking this too. Ive never done perineal massage with any four of mine all delivered by diff mws/obs all vaginally and never tore with any of them.
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