9. SOMETIMES AN EPISIOTOMY IS REQUIRED.
The cutting into the perineum is medically known as an episiotomy, but it should only be performed if it’s really necessary. As in, completely, 100 percent necessary. Basically, this necessity refers to a situation where the baby needs to come out and there’s no time to wait for the perineum to stretch, and doing an episiotomy procedure would offer fewer risks than performing a C-section instead. If these criteria aren’t met, it shouldn’t be done!
10. SADLY, THEY’RE BEING DONE WHEN THEY’RE NOT NECESSARY.
A study published in the British Medical Journal monitored more than 5,000 women in the U.S. and Canada and found that the “husband stitch” rate for low-risk moms was 2.1 percent during home births when compared to 33 percent of births in hospitals! WTF? Women are having these “husband stitches” when there’s no medical reason for them.
11. IT REALLY SERVES NO PURPOSE.
It’s thought that the “husband stitch” makes a woman’s vagina tighter after childbirth but guess again. That myth’s been busted a long time ago! In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, it was found that a routine episiotomy carries no benefits at all to the woman getting it. WTF?
12. HOW TO KEEP YOURSELF PROTECTED.
If you’re worried that a “husband stitch” will be done on you during childbirth, it’s essential to get a doctor who doesn’t perform them. Be open and honest about your feelings, because it’s your body. Only stick with an experienced doctor who’s against the procedure so you don’t get emotionally and physically harmed.
13. IT’S SEXIST AF.
Since the “husband stitch” offers no benefits to women, it’s completely unnecessary and manipulative, and definitely sexist. Even just its name is sexist, with the idea that a woman’s body after childbirth needs to be corrected with stitches so that she can continue to please her partner in bed. What a load of bull!