Kathleen Dunne received her BSN degree from St. Xavier College. Before becoming a nurse-midwife, she worked in all areas of maternity nursing including Public Health, Family-Centered Care, Labor and Delivery, and Nursing Education. She completed her MS in Nursing at the University of Illinois, where she also received her nurse-midwifery training. Presently she is employed as a nurse-midwife for PRU CARE, an HMO in the Chicago area. She is also a practicing ASPO-certified childbirth educator.
CHARACTERISTICS ASSOCIATED WITH PERINEAL CONDITION IN AN ALTERNATIVE BIRTH CENTER
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
1984 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 29, Issue 1, pages 29–33, January-February 1984
How to Cite
Dunne, K. (1984), CHARACTERISTICS ASSOCIATED WITH PERINEAL CONDITION IN AN ALTERNATIVE BIRTH CENTER. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 29: 29–33. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(84)90327-6
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
This retrospective study examines whether parturient preference to deliver without a routine episiotomy is viable. One hundred sixty-two women who delivered in an alternative birth center with the aid of nurse-midwives were studied. The incidence of episiotomies was 38%; 33% of the population delivered over intact perineums. First-degree lacerations were experienced by 21% of the population and second-degree lacerations by 8% of the women. Primiparous women with second stages lasting longer than 50 min who required anesthesia most often required an episiotomy. Neither the women who delivered without an episiotomy nor their infants appeared to suffer from the experience.