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Episiotomy: Can Its Routine Use be Defended?

Citation

Thorp, John M., Jr. & Bowes, Watson A., Jr. (1989). Episiotomy: Can Its Routine Use be Defended?. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 160(5 Pt. 1), 1027-1030.

Abstract

Episiotomy is routinely used before delivery in the United States. The rationale for routine episiotomy is based on two foundation arguments: that episiotomy reduces perineal trauma and that it prevents subsequent pelvic relaxation. A careful review finds little evidence to support these arguments. Episiotomy may predispose the gravid woman to third- and fourth-degree lacerations. Efforts should be directed to determine whether episiotomy is beneficial.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0002-9378(89)90152-x

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

1989

Journal Title

American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Author(s)

Thorp, John M., Jr.
Bowes, Watson A., Jr.