The purpose of this study was to evaluate interrater reliability and construct validity of the REEDA, an instrument designed to measure the healing process of the perineum following an episiotomy and/or laceration during childbirth. The instrument was tested in a single postpartum hospital setting. A total of 94 subjects participated in the study. Eighty-six experienced an episiotomy/laceration, while eight subjects had an intact perineum. Results indicate there are serious limitations with the REEDA tool when used for either clinical or research purposes.