Incontinence relieved by episiotomy information at iVillage Pregnancy & Parenting


Since the only undisputed reason for doing episiotomies is severe fetal distress at the point of giving birth, the episiotomy rate for hospital-based practitioners shouldn't be much greater. Therefore, 10 percent or so would be a reasonable episiotomy rate.


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