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

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

  • Gideon Koren in Science Daily (press release)
    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...
  • Johns Hopkins in Medscape (registration)
    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...

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