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Why do people get episiotomies in pregnancy?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Controversial

Most people do not need an episiotomy.
In fact episiotomies cause more pain, more blood loss and greater tearing than letting the perineum stretch and tear on its own. There are infrequent situations where the baby may need to be delivered urgently or the shoulders are stuck and performing an episiotomy may be necessary.

In brief: Controversial

Most people do not need an episiotomy.
In fact episiotomies cause more pain, more blood loss and greater tearing than letting the perineum stretch and tear on its own. There are infrequent situations where the baby may need to be delivered urgently or the shoulders are stuck and performing an episiotomy may be necessary.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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In brief: See below

To prevent vaginal tearing.

In brief: See below

To prevent vaginal tearing.
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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