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Episiotomy in QEH/Throughout HK

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    Episiotomy in QEH/Throughout HK

    Hi everyone,

    I wonder if you ladies can tell me a bit about your births in HK.. QEH in particular.

    I will deliver my daughter in QEH in August and I am currently preparing my birth plan.

    I have read in various threads on here and other websites that episiotomy is quite common and in some hospitals routine throughout HK. Though alot of the threads I have read seem to be very old 2000 days+

    Unless its completely necessary I do not want to have one done.. Whilst making my birth plan I am wondering who do I give it to? Do i just give it to a midwife on the day of delivery? Or do I hand it in at my next antenatal check up?

    Any comments would be great

    Thanks girls!

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    I gave mine at a routine prenatal check (at the hospital), the doctor discussed it with me (a bit) at the time, and it found it's way to my medical file on the ward.

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    I think I gave mine on the day of and you can check whether you want to not have it done if possible... And supposedly at QEH, it is not a routine procedure anymore, but it is still a common procedure and many says its better done than have it naturally torn...

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    Thanks ladies, I really want to avoid having it done.. So I think I will hand it in and have a chat with a dr at my next antenatal check. :)

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    I handed mine on the day of delivery & had several copies with me. I saw them refer to it during my labour, delivery & post natal care. I think they found it quite useful, especially since I could not speak any Cantonese. I used an Epi-No for my 2 births & went through a natural delivery with just a graze & didn't need a single stitch. I think Annerley is having a talk on that.

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    I took mine to the hospital when I was delivering and gave it to the nurses there. This was at QMH. They honoured most of my wishes, including no episiotomy. First time around, I had one and it healed painfully. I tore a bit naturally 2nd time around and it was MUCH less painful...

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    thanks for your replies ladies! :) x

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    The morning I went in to have my daughter, the hospital staff gave me a consent form to sign to say that they could perform an episiotomy on me if needed.
    I refused to sign the form and told them that it was something I was not prepared to sign before labour had even started as I felt that they might just see the form and do it, even if it was not necessary. They did not argue with me.

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