- 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.
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- 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.
Nov. 1, 2013 - Bangor Daily News
- 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...