Fistulas: A Birth Injury Mothers Shouldn't Have To Suffer
Most people think of birth injuries as something that only occurs to the newborn -- however, new mothers can also be seriously injured by unskilled hands, poor planning, and a general failure on the attending physician's part to act in a reasonable and responsible manner. In some cases, the mother's body can literally be almost torn apart due to obstetric fistulas. What Is a Fistula? A fistula is a permanent tear (unlike a perineal tear or an episiotomy -- which is a surgical incision designed to prevent a perineal tear) that leaves the new mother with an opening that can run from her vaginal area all the way to her anal area.