Episiotomies Are Becoming Less And Less Common, New Numbers Show

January 16, 2015 11:17 PM

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There was a time when episiotomy -- a surgical incision made in a woman's perineum -- was a routine part of childbirth in the United States, believed to help prevent the vaginal tears that can occur as babies emerge.

But with the procedure leading to complications, including infection and even potential incontinence, doctors began stepping back from it in the 1990s. And promising new figures released this week suggest that rates have continued to fall after several major healthcare organizations in the mid 2000s...

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