Melissa Avery is a staff nurse-midwife with Group Health, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a clinical instructor in the nurse-midwifery program, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota. She received her BSN from Northern Illinois University and her MS from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.
EFFECT OF PERINEAL MASSAGE ON THE INCIDENCE OF EPISIOTOMY AND PERINEAL LACERATION IN A NURSE-MIDWIFERY SERVICE
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
1986 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 31, Issue 3, pages 128–134, May-June 1986
How to Cite
Avery, M. D. and Burket, B. A. (1986), EFFECT OF PERINEAL MASSAGE ON THE INCIDENCE OF EPISIOTOMY AND PERINEAL LACERATION IN A NURSE-MIDWIFERY SERVICE. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 31: 128–134. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(86)90148-5
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
In a prospective randomized study, women who practiced perineal massage during the last 6 weeks of pregnancy (n = 10) were compared with a control group (n = 10). The experimental group was comprised of healthy parous and nulliparous women. Control subjects were matched for parity, fetal weight, gestational age, and maternal age. Chi-square analysis for independence was significant (χ2= 9.89 p < .01). This study supported the hypothesis that women who practice perineal massage at least four times per week will have a lower incidence of episiotomy and lacerations than those who do not.