Preventing Tears in Childbirth

Julie Dohr MDby Julie Dohr, MD

Decrease your chances of tearing and having severe tears at the time of birth!  

What you can do:

  • Start doing perineal massage daily at 34 weeks. Ask your doctor to show you how
  • Warm compression on the perineum when you are pushing.  Ask your nurse to do this for you!
  • Mild perineal massage by your doctor when you are pushing
  • Ask your doctor not to perform a routine episiotomy

These techniques have been backed by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and your doctors at Novas, Dohr, Coll & Gadson Ob/Gyn Associates.

Ask us at your next OB appointment!