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Old 10-29-2012, 05:00 PM   #11
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:07 PM   #12
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Re: Aside from MASSIVE tearing, or horrendous bleeding, why get stitches?

I am so sorry. That sounds uncomfortable. It sounds unusual to me though, like maybe there is another problem or underlying issue...
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:36 PM   #13
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I do not even recall getting the stitches done. I had that baby-in-my-arms high I guess. it was not something I thought twice about. Good question. I don't know what the benefits are of getting them done vs not.
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:42 PM   #14
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my first thought is that women who get cut instead of tearing naturally should probably get stitches?

other than that, the not healing properly one scares me.
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:43 PM   #15
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Re: Aside from MASSIVE tearing, or horrendous bleeding, why get stitches?

I'd follow my midwifes advice. If she felt I needed stitches or didn't I'd trust her. I would be kind of nervous that without stitches I wouldn't heal right.

My midwife also told me that she uses a little needle and does not go into the deep tissue layers. Basically she does her best to be conservative with stitches.
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:48 PM   #16
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I had a small tear with ds. I received stitches for it and never even knew i could refuse them. Ob said i tore a little and he needed to put in a couple stitches. I dont even remember if i said yes or not... i was snuggling my newbie.
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:51 PM   #17
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Paper girl, I believe you can get that fixed. It might be considered a cosmetic surgery, but if it bothers you, I would look into it.

I myself tore into the third degree. I declined stitches and healed just fine.
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:59 PM   #18
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Re: Aside from MASSIVE tearing, or horrendous bleeding, why get stitches?

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my first thought is that women who get cut instead of tearing naturally should probably get stitches?

other than that, the not healing properly one scares me.
I wouldn't think twice abt stitches w.an episiotomy. I would think they are totally necessary after getting cut.

I am anti episiotomy except under rare citrcumstances. I prefer to tear, as I think the jagged edges heal better together and make a tighter, firmer scar versus being unnaturally cut. Plus you will only tear as much as your body needs to deliver the baby, whereas a doc could easily cut more than absolutely necessary. Kwim? But that is besides the pt.

I am very curious about the benefits of stitches for regular, uncomplicated births with no massive tearing....

Anyone?

I don't get the idea that you won't heal properly... I know it can happen, but I would venture to say that's rare. When you tear your skin anywhere else on your body, it has to be pretty severe before requiring stitches to heal properly. Your vagina is definitely more sensitive than your hand, but as far as skin repairing itself, the mechanism of repair your body uses is the same.
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I think a lot of times if you don't get stitches for deep cuts elsewhere the scarring is more extensive...? I could be wrong. I always thought that was the benefit. Maybe it's the same after giving birth - to reduce scar tissue?
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Old 10-29-2012, 06:02 PM   #20
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Re: Aside from MASSIVE tearing, or horrendous bleeding, why get stitches?

I have a history of healing with keloids which is unusual since I am caucasian. I would think my chances of not getting a keloid may be better with stitches but I don't really know.

Eta: I was cross posting when the above was posted. I've gotten 3 keloids from cuts and scrapes, none of them had stitches. I don't know if stitches would help me not develop a keloid but I know I get them when I let my body heal on its own.
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