Reasons for Episiotomy
Why Episiotomy is Performed
Alternate Names for Episiotomy:
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
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.
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