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Video of a Hospital Birth with Episiotimy

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

No...seriously...NOT for the faint of heart. I almost didn't watch it myself...now that I have, my stomach is lodged somewhere up around my throat.

So, two reasons why SOME doctors absolutely SUCK.

Video of Hospital Birth with Episiotimy

1.) Episiotimy (note the difference in blood before and after)

2.) Refusing to allow baby to come out on their own (I'm surprised this baby's neck didn't snap, even if this was a case of shoulder dystocia, and it doesn't appear to be, there is absolutely NO reason to justify this kind of "delivery.")

Now...I will say that not ALL hospital births are like that. (thank goodness!) Mine sure wasn't... Most doctors these days are pretty good about guiding baby out instead of ripping them out by the head.

Now, here's another video of a baby crowning and being born at a midwife and doula attended home birth. (not at all scary, you don't really even see anything gross, I promise.)

Video of home birth, no episiotimy


  1. Blogger K | 9:34 AM |  

    Uggh. Why did I watch that -- had to stop about half way through. I next took a look at the homebirth video and I had to verify that I was at least 18 because it had been flagged. HUH? The nice homebirth one is flagged but the woman getting cut in half is okey-dokey!

  2. Anonymous Carrie | 1:33 PM |  

    Oh good GRIEF. I can't believe the ignorance of people who think that episiotomy makes sense.

    Judging by the hair, I'm guessing the hospital video was the 70's?

  3. Blogger Meg | 8:27 PM |  

    Note a few other things wrong:

    Mom is lying flat on her back, this compresses the tailbone, decreases the space available to deliver, puts more pressure on the blood vessels providing oxygen to the uterus.

    The doc is actually putting pressure on the mothers fundus to help push the baby out (this is probably as widely practiced still as episiotomy, but now that there are epidurals you can really go to town and mom wont feel it, as I witnessed the nurse training me in 1999 get on the bed and almost cardiac compression a baby out via the ob's direction)

    The baby wasn't even crowning! The head was just on the perineum but not really streching yet. She wasn't even given a chance before that hack job sliced and diced her.
    (Mediolateral epis are much more difficult to heal. A traditional epis goes right down towards the rectum.

    I was a L & D R.N. before my life as a mom. The only sound I couldn't handle in the labor room was the sound of the scissors and this brings it all back.

    LADIES! GET A MIDWIFE! SAVE YOUR BOTTOMS! These are still happening regularly no matter what your ob tells you.

    (ps, I birthed a 10 lb 8 oz baby boy with not a single tear with cpm's)

  4. Blogger Meg | 8:30 PM |  

    oh, and,
    If it was a case of shoulder dystocia its because the pressure on mom's fundus probably jammed the baby's shoulder onto the pelvic bone.

    Hey, but the hospital is a "safer" place to have a baby.

    just a little riled up.

  5. Blogger Jennifer | 8:04 AM |  

    To note, an ACOG press release when I was pregnant with Nora (so...two years ago...) said that OBs in private practice still do episiotimies about 70% of the time and that hospital residents do them about 35% of the time.

    Also, the younger the OB, the less likely they are to do an episiotimy.

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