The doctor said it to him. A husband stitch, or daddy stitch, is an extra stitch given during the repair process after a vaginal birth, supposedly to tighten the vagina for "Stitch man" pleasure of a male sexual partner. Is it a myth?
A combination of hearsay, misunderstanding, and chauvinist attitudes? To some, the very idea of a husband stitch is a silly notion, not at all based in the reality of care. There are no scientific studies that show how many "Stitch man" have been affected, nor is there a clear method for evaluating how prevalent the husband stitch truly is in obstetrics.
But women share their stories as whispered as warning. Angela Sanford, a year-old mom from Fort Mill, South Carolina, received a husband stitch when she gave birth to her first child in He would never have asked for this.
For Stephanie Tillman, CNM, a certified nurse midwife at the University of Illinois at Chicago and blogger at The Feminist Midwifethe very idea of the husband stitch represents the persistent misogyny inherent in medical care. I had just had a baby.
Husband stitches may have been more common when episiotomies were routine during vaginal birth. An episiotomy is a surgical cut Stitch man in the perineum — the area between the vagina and the anus — usually to widen the vagina to hasten birth.
From about the s forward, the popular medical belief was that an episiotomy Stitch man a cleaner cut that would be easier to repair and heal better. The logic was also that getting an episiotomy would prevent a worse perineal tear. Tears during vaginal birth are graded from first to "Stitch man" degree.
But starting in the s, high-quality research on episiotomies was released, demonstrating that routine episiotomies Stitch man the very issues they were thought to prevent, leaving many women with more severe tissue trauma and other negative "Stitch man" outcomes, including painful intercourse. Ina systematic review in the Journal of the American Medical Association found no benefit to routine episiotomy use.
The new guidelines have impacted delivery in the United States.
Inonly Stitch man percent of births involved an episiotomy, down from 33 percent in Episiotomies still happen and can be clinically indicated in some situations, like when a vacuum or forceps are needed. Often, though, the decision about whether to do them comes down to training, preference, and comfort of the obstetric provider. Research supports this, too.
In the United States, there is substantial variation in episiotomy rates based on geographic location, hospital, and even the type of insurance the patient has.
White women were also found to be more likely to receive an episiotomy than black women, according Stitch man a research letter in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Perhaps the husband stitch is a holdover from a time before understood vaginal tone and believed they were returning women to prime sexual function after birth. Although the onus is on Stitch man provider to get clear consent and to explain what is necessary for the repair, women may not pay close attention or remember how they were stitched until much later, when pain or other issues occur.