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Friday, September 14, 2012

Tear or Cut?

This is going to be a short post. There really isn't much that needs to be discussed. It's all pretty simple.

When I discussed my fears about episiotomies with my midwife, she explained things this way:
Imagine trying to tear a shirt in half. Now, imagine cutting it with scissors a little and trying again. Which one will rip more?


Bottom line: don't let them cut you. Tearing will result in far less damage to the area and will heal faster and better.

See. It's as simple as that. The end.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, that's such a great explanation of this tear vs. cut debate! I tore while birthing my son and had to get stitched up, but I never thought "Oh, I wish they would've just cut me." Tearing was just the natural progression of things. That didn't stop others from asking me why I didn't just ask them to cut me LOL, but this explanation is perfect. Definitely going to use this next time the discussion comes up :P