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ABSTRACT

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.