episiotomy episiotomy

Definition(s):

  • (n) surgical incision of the perineum to enlarge the vagina and so facilitate delivery during childbirth

Usage(s):

  1. These centers are often located near regular hospitals and boast low episiotomy and C-section rates.
  2. At issue is the operation known as an episiotomy, a small incision made in the perineum just before delivery to prevent tearing.
  3. The procedure, called an episiotomy, may bring you immediate relief, but it often leads to a longer recovery, more pain and other postdelivery complications.

News

  • EMMC can’t bring back Heather Nichols, but it can do right by her family

    A photo of Matt and Heather Nichols sits near their daughter Ruby's crib. Heather, 29, passed away on August 8, 2013 at Eastern Maine Medical Center from necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh eating bacteria, that she contracted from an episiotomy during child birth.
    on November 1, 2013     Source: Bangor Daily News

Quotes

  1. "With nearly half of all infants in North America being delivered by caesarean section or after episiotomy, there is clearly a requirement for pain relief for mothers," says Koren. "However, our study confirms that codeine as a treatment for...
    on Aug 20, 2008 By: Gideon Koren Source: Science Daily (press release)

  2. "Most textbooks in obstetrics still recommend that physicians perform a generous episiotomy, yet there is no evidence that the procedure will reduce the likelihood of injury to the infant," lead author Edith D. Gurewitsch, MD, from Johns Hopkins...
    on Oct 5, 2004 By: Johns Hopkins Source: Medscape (registration)

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