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If anyone else has Kaiser this might be useful for them as well.
So we signed up for this free little birth class that Kaiser offers, it's a two-hour class called Prenatal Care II. And they talk about labor and delivery.
I was expecting a very pro-medical approach but I was shocked and surprised to see that it had a lot of pro-natural birthing stuff as well! They talked about doulas, the effects of medications taken during labor, the need to move around and walk or change positions, manually changing a breach baby's position, and they talked about perineum massaging to help stretch the area and prevent tearing.
Of course they still insisted that episiotomies "could be necessary" and they were a little more pro-Cesarean than most natural childbirth advocates would like.
Overall though, I'd say it 80% useful information.
I had a question though, they mentioned that perineum massages should be done with olive oil etc. Can someone give me a link on how the massaging is supposed to be done?
Perineal massage in the second stage of labor showed a trend toward fewer third-degree tears of the perineum, shorter length of labor and a general lack of harm, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal.
its good to start doing this about 6 weeks before birth
Several studies have found that perineal massage
during the last weeks of pregnancy can reduce tearing at birth. This massage—using two fingers to stretch your
perineal tissues—is performed by you, in your home, once or twice daily, for the last 4 to 6 weeks of your