Episiotomy declined in US between 2006 and 2012

January 14, 2015 1:34 PM

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According to a new research, incidence of episiotomy, a surgical procedure in which the birth canal is surgically widened in order for the mother to have an easier birth, has been declining since 1990s. Between 2006 and 2012, there was a huge decline. According to the research reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the decline is due to concerns related to risks involved with the procedure.

As per the research, the procedure, which was once a routine part of childbirth, estimated to be performed in about 25% of vaginal births in the United States, but it doesn't have clear benefits. During the research, the researchers had included about 2,261,070 women who had vaginal delivery in more...

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