Why is an episiotomy performed?

Answer An episiotomy is a procedure where the skin between the vagina and the anus (the perineum) is cut. It is done occasionally to enlarge the vaginal opening so that a baby can be more easily delivered.

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How to Care for an Episiotomy Postpartum?

A common practice during the delivery process, an episiotomy is a small incision made in the perineum - the area between the vaginal and anal openings - to ensure there is ample room to deliver the... Read More »

What is episiotomy and its indication?

An episiotomy occurs when an incision is made in the premium during childbirth to enlarge the birth canal. It is less commonly practiced in Europe than in the United States and Canada. It has been ... Read More »

If you had an episiotomy or tear and a second baby...?

I have had three babbies and I tore each time resulting in heaps of stitches.I don't know the degree of the tear with any of them, but my Obgyn did say that if I tore the same with my third babby t... Read More »

Does every woman need to have an episiotomy?

Definitely not. An episiotomy makes it easier for the doc, but sometimes much tougher for you and your recovery! When we had our first baby, we discussed with the doctor our desire to NOT get an ep... Read More »