What we know about perineal tearing, and how to reduce it during childbirth

A common fear women have when contemplating having a baby is whether the birth will tear the tissues between the vagina and anus, also known as the perineum. How can something as big as a 3.5kg baby come out of something as small as a vagina without inflicting damage? Fortunately, the vagina is designed to accommodate a baby. Hormones flood a woman’s body during pregnancy and labour, increasing blood supply and changing the stretchiness of tissues in that area. Evidence shows appropriate use of heat packs along with other aspects of clinical care can improve comfort during the final minutes…
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