Fewer Episiotomies, but Nonmedical Factors May Persist

January 14, 2015 1:05 AM

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TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The incidence of episiotomy has been declining since the 1990s because of concerns regarding related risks and benefits, researchers report in the Jan. 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

To assess current rates, study author Alexander Friedman, M.D., and his colleagues at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, examined data on 2,261,070 American women who had vaginal deliveries at 510 different facilities between 2006 and 2012. Overall, 14.4 per...

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