I was fearful of an episiotomy with my first child. I used a medical device I found out about from a friend who used it – Epi No. It’s like a bulb that you gradually inflate for a few minutes each day about three weeks before your due date. It stretches your tissues gradually so that when baby is born it is not a sudden shock to your body.
It worked for me. The day after delivery, a midwife wanted to inspect my stitches but I could happily say I have none – she looked shocked.

Posted by mom162079, 21st January 2016

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  • Thank you for sharing. I had heard of perineum massage but not this device. Glad it worked so well for you!


  • Thankyou for sharing… I am going to research this product. I am also going to try doing Perineum stretching to help avoid a tear or episiotomy.


  • Glad it worked for you – not all can be avoided.

    • Agreed – people shouldn’t feel bad if they suffer an episiotomy. They can be unavoidable no matter what precautions are taken. Same goes for emergency caesarians.

      • Exactly – sometimes these interventions are unavoidable and sometimes they are undertaken for the safe delivery of a baby. An episiotomy is painful but recovery can be helped with the advice of good midwives.


  • My obstetrician said he’d seen no real evidence that these work. But if you think it helped you, maybe it did.

    • yeah they are not too mainstream yet either. i would just go for it and listen to the nurse when they say stop pushing to give it time . oh apparently people massage the area to prevent issues.


  • Really?? I’ve never heard of such a thing before. It looks amazing and it works!!
    I had to have an episiotomy, but it wasn’t that bad. I would have preferred your way though! :-)

    • I’ve never heard of them either – interesting idea though.


  • i had no issues. well maybe this product worked for you.


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