episiotomy doesn't make the cut

July 2005
Mothering;Jul/Aug2005, Issue 131, p25
The article cites that according to a systematic review of existing studies published in the May 4, 2005, edition of the "Journal of the American Medical Association," it is a routine procedure, but episiotomy provides no benefits. Episiotomy has been a common obstetrical practice since the 1930s. Today, the procedure is performed in up to 35 percent of the U.S. vaginal births; 70 to 80 percent of first-time mothers have one done. Yet studies since the 1980s have failed to show any benefit from the procedure. In fact, the researchers found that in some cases, routine use of episiotomy causes more harm to mothers than avoiding it.


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