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January 24th, 2013, 12:42 AM
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Originally Posted by daneeleigh View Post
I switched my care at 26 weeks and I too have Tricare. You can always call them and find out your options. Almost everyone I talked to was great and really helpful and there were NO billing issues. I say almost because I sometimes had to hang up and get some one else lol. But it was SOOO worth it.

As far the massage goes, I don't know much about the risks and didn't do it. I used EPO internally for several weeks and will again next time. I'm hoping that helped me. I had one small tear internally that needed stitches but it wasn't anything bad.
I KNOW my options. Which is why it's not feasible. It's feasible for PLENTY of other people just not me due to various factors that begin to come into play when looking at switching from Prime to Standard.

Originally Posted by kristenburgess View Post
Here's a good handout if you want more detailed information:

I personally haven't done perineal massage, but I have done the Internal Work detailed in the Pink Kit, which goes deeper (literally and figuratively) than perineal massage. I had three babies naturally before doing that, and never tore with them, but felt much more control over my pushing stage and working my babies out with the two that I did do it with. I've done it again preparing for baby #6.

I don't think perineal massage is a must-do, but I think some of the benefits are the increased awareness of the tissues of your pelvis. It gives you a chance to focus on that area, feel tension and relaxation in that area, and develop control. It also helps you become familiar with your tissues so you can, if you want, feel your baby's head descending, etc. I treasure my last two births where I reached in an felt myself that I was complete and felt those little curved heads moving through my tissues

Also, IMO, perineal massage (or Internal Work from the PKP) done respectfully and with awareness does *not* cause tissues to become more tense than they were before. There's a lot of change in just a short amount of time and you can feel it. It's encouraging to feel the change from the massage and also to feel just how much room your beautiful body has to open up

Just my 2 cents!
That's something I haven't heard of before. I'll check out the link.
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