My first baby was a vaginal delivery with no epidural but I was given cervidil and then pitocin to induce labor because I had gone past my due date and my amniotic fluid was low.
Because I was induced they did not let me push in the position of my choice as I learned in the Lamaze class. I was on my back and my legs were in stirrups and thats how I pushed my baby out. Because of this I had an episiotomy even though I was strongly opposed to it.
Im pregnant again and hopefully will not need an induction this time. If labor starts on its own and I push in the squatting position, will I still need an episiotomy?
Was laying on my back the first time around the reason I was given the episiotomy as the baby's head was not coming out? Or do some women just end up with one because the baby's head is too big?
Will pushing in a squatting position prevent an episiotomy?