An episiotomy is a cut the doctor or midwife makes in the perineum, the area between the vagina and anus, to help deliver a baby or prevent the muscles and skin around the vagina from tearing during delivery. The cut is made just before the baby's head comes out of the birth canal and it is stitched up after the birth. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about episiotomy, how and when episiotomy is performed, how to avoid episiotomy, and much more.
Episiotomy and Perineal Tears-Overview
An episiotomy (say "eh-pih-zee-AH-tuh-mee") is a cut the doctor or midwife makes in the perineum (say "pair-uh-NEE-um"),which is the area between the vagina and anus. It is done to help deliver the baby or to help prevent the muscles and skin from tearing. The cut is made just before the baby's head comes out of the birth canal. It is stitched up after the birth. When is an episiotomy ...
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