Episiotomy
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Episiotomy Usage

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Reasons for Procedure

The incision is made to make the vaginal opening larger during birth. It was once a common practice but is no longer routine. It may be needed if:

  • The baby is premature or otherwise fragile—to relieve some of the pressure on the baby caused by stretching the perineum
  • The baby is large and the shoulders may be hard to deliver
  • Forceps or a vacuum are needed to assist in the delivery
 
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