Lorin - posted on 10/14/2009 ( 209 moms have responded )
I wouldn't have made a new question but I couldn't find any advice in the other conversations... just stories from those who had an episiotomy. I want to hear from women who did NOT have the episiotomy and who tore naturally.
My college bio professor insisted that an episiotomy is unnecessary and unnatural, and I've been getting attached to the idea of refusing to have one and letting the tear happen if it will. My husband's got a huge head and was an emergency C-section, and he and his two brothers were all large babies, so I think it's safe to assume that the issue will arise for us in the delivery room next January.
I've only heard horror stories from the moms who got the epi, and none from those who didn't. Along the same line, I haven't heard any happy tales from the epi moms. Can anybody give me a reason that I SHOULD opt for the episiotomy, or tell me they wish they'd done it instead of going naturally? Thanks!