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Third degree tearing during child birth.. please tell me how it happened?

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Dr. Yashica Robinson White
Obstetrics and Gynecology 17 years experience
Lack of room: Vaginal tears can be a common occurence during childbirth, especially as the baby's head and shoulders exit the vaginal opening. The good news is that the "vagina is very forgiving." in other words it heals very well. Congratulations on the birth of your little one!
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Size/speed/stretch: For baby to transit and exit the birth canal without tearing, s/he needs to follow 3 rules. Have the smallest possible diameter to come through, take your time/ allow the tissue time to stretch. Baby's big head is the largest structure to come through, the speed is driven by the contraction & the stretch is dependent on the skin. Episiotomy can sometimes diminish the extent of tears, but not all.

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