What is an episiotomy?

What is an episiotomy? An episiotomy is a cut into the skin and muscle of the perineum (the thick muscle band that sits between your vagina and anus). It is not usually a routine procedure but there are occasions when an episiotomy is required, for example, if a forceps delivery [...]

2012-07-05T10:23:09+00:00Birth, Maternity|

What are Afterpains?

Afterpains are contractions of the uterus that are experienced after the birth of your baby. Afterpains are often stimulated by hormones released by the baby suckling at the breast and usually subside within a few days after birth. Afterpains are nature’s way of getting the uterus to empty and return [...]

2012-04-18T11:48:53+00:00Birth, Maternity|