Anyone refuse stitches?

(36 Posts)
Allthatglitters789 Wed 05-Jun-13 21:57:20

Has anyone experienced a tear during childbirth and declined stitches? What was it like?

ZolaBuddleia Wed 05-Jun-13 21:59:27

No, because my innards would now be my outards. grin

There was no way my tear would have healed properly without some serious undercarriage tapestry.

BoyMeetsWorld Wed 05-Jun-13 22:02:56

No but I wish I had. Stafford hospital of doooom stitched me up after forceps / episiotomy ...with no blasted anaesthetic!!! The botched stitching job has caused far more long term issues than the minor tear would've I'm sure confused

BoyMeetsWorld Wed 05-Jun-13 22:03:24

Plus I've heard tears heal better than cuts (something to do with jagged edge?)

Pendipidy Wed 05-Jun-13 22:04:42

I had a second degree tear on dd2 but didn't decline, the doc was down there at least half an hour stitching and afterwards i can see where he stitched and i hate to think what i would look like without the stitches! My dh would have been commenting like a wand up a wizards sleeve or other such euphemisms!

Why don't you want stitches?

foxybingodotcom Wed 05-Jun-13 22:04:54

Why oh why would anyone decline stitches? I needed joined up, I can think of no good reason for not doing that!

NachoAddict Wed 05-Jun-13 22:08:14

My sister refused point blank but she only needed one or two so they gave up.

I was stitched from inside out so couldn't refuse that.

I declined stitches after a 2nd degree tear. It was an old scar from a stitched tear that kinda burst - nice!

I did have to promise the mw that I would stay in bed for a week and she came every day to check.

I have a fully functioning fanjo, including birthing another baby without tearing subsequently. There is, however, a teeny flap of skin that dingle dangles out, it's just a bit weird and in no way painful.

Yep, point blank refused for dd after horrendous experience with ds. The midwife went from assuming she would put a stitch in for a small tear to whole heatedly agreeing that it was so minor that a stitch wasn't needed.

It healed fine, I was very conscious not to stray far from bed for the first few days.

ZolaBuddleia Wed 05-Jun-13 22:21:11

Blimey mother, I wonder how often MWs see that? (People refusing stitches, not your dingle dangle). Were you just convinced you'd heal fine?

Allthatglitters789 Wed 05-Jun-13 22:43:03

It's not that I don't want stitches, but I didn't have stitches with either of my births and had a 2nd degree both times, I read it heals quicker and is also less painful, not sure though as I can't compare. However I healed great and feel no different 'down there' than before I had children. Did have to have a few check ups though to make sure it was healing ok and not getting infected.

s0fedup Wed 05-Jun-13 22:43:14

i was told after ds2 that i didnt need to be stitched. I had to rest and it would heal by itself...
Fast forward 3 months, and ulcerated fanjo tjat required an operation under general to repair. Still not right.
Whatever u do, my advise no matter how small get them to sew

capercaillie Wed 05-Jun-13 22:46:14

I had stitches after DS which was an episiotomy and tear.

2nd degree tear after DD (hand by head thank you). Midwife gave me choice of stitches or not (independent midwife). I refused stitches but had to promise not to go downstairs for a week and stay in bed for a week. I was happy to do that.
It was much less painful and healed much better

maxbear Sun 09-Jun-13 15:32:51

I'm a midwife and we rarely see women that refuse stitches. I remember one lady who would not let me look afterwards.she was adamant she didn't want stitches. I ended up being her mw in her next pregnancy, she told me she wished she had had them as it didn't heal . If I needed stitches I personally would want to be put back together as I do think it gives the best chance of healing, a small tear might heal without stitches but many larger ones may result in a slightly larger opening if left. General thinking is that an unstitched tear will be more comfortable in the short term but may not heal as well. Everyone is different though, one size doesn't fit all!

AuntPepita Sun 09-Jun-13 15:42:46

Yes, I refused. Query second degree, but the midwife was horrid and I was just not happy with her messing with me and I refused. Was less painful and healed quicker than the one stitch I had the time before.

Fanjango Sun 09-Jun-13 15:46:30

I had a small second degree tear with my first DC. Refused stitches, mw said I'd made the right choice smile. Healed fine, sadly rather large tear after twins, one breech, and deffo needed the stitches grin

MaryKatharine Sun 09-Jun-13 15:50:22

Yes, I refused 3 times. First one was 2nd degree and the other two 1st degree. The worst birthing horror stories I had heard revolved around stitching and it freaked me out far more than labour. Most people I have spoken to said they had nowhere near enough pain relief, some just offered gas and air!
maxbear, maybe you can comment on that. Is it normal just to offer gas and air? I mean, if you went to A&E and needed stitches they wouldn't expect you just to use G&A would they?

sparklekitty Sun 09-Jun-13 15:55:07

I has a massive episiotomy and was stitched inside and out for half an hour or so, doubt they would have let me refuse on the grounds that they'd be shoving my uterus back up inside within hours

kelda Sun 09-Jun-13 16:00:07

I had stitches each time. I had independant midwives, with 20years plus experience, one of who had spent a lot of time working in community midwifery in Africa without proper medical care. They all told me that it was better to stitch then not.

piprabbit Sun 09-Jun-13 16:05:29

Why would an unstitched wound heal faster than a stitched one? I can't imagine the process - is there any research/articles I could read? Thanks.

cazboldy Sun 09-Jun-13 17:11:19

I had 2 stitches after my first - It hurt like mad at the time, and took ages to heal - I have to admit I know it sounds woossy, when you hear about people having loads of stitches, and inside and out etc, but it was horrible!

2nd time I didn't tear smile

3rd time, ds2 came very quickly, at home, before the mw had arrived, so there was noone to tell me not to push, pant etc, and I tore, though not horrifically. I was on such a high after his birth, and by the time the mw had got there, I didn't really feel like being pulled about - ds2 was already on the breast, and so she had a little look, advised I probably should have a few stitches, but I said no. she stayed for a while, and once the blood loss had slowed she was happy to leave it.

It healed better than the stitches IMO.

Numbers 4 and 5 no tears smile

Number 6 due early October, so fingers crossed no tears this time too!!!

Coconutty Sun 09-Jun-13 17:14:00

I had an hours worth of stitches after DS1, inside and outside, every bloody where.

No way would I have refused, would have been madness.

Redbug Sun 09-Jun-13 18:31:43

I had a 3rd degree and bad cervical tear, was in theatre for two hours being stitched back together! Can't imagine why one would refuse, assuming no enormous concerns about quality of medical staff.

youaintallthat Thu 13-Jun-13 08:53:26

I had a forth degrees tear and lost about 60% of my blood volume I needed about 100 stitches so don't think I could have ./ would have refused. However it was done at Tameside hospital which was named alongside Stafford recently as one of the worst uk hospitals! And so far I've had 2 surgeries due to poor repair and awaiting at least another 2 surgeries.....also can no longer have vb with subsequent babies.....

I timed it at 40 minutes of stitching and lost count of stitches twenty minutes in at about 20...

So no bloody way grin

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