This study investigated potential differences in the cutting of mediolateral episiotomy between doctors and midwives. Depth, length, distance from midline and shortest distance from the midpoint of the anal canal to the episiotomy were measured in a sample of primigravid women. The angle subtended from the sagittal or parasagittal plane was calculated. Two hundred and forty-one women participated of whom 98 (41%) had a mediolateral episiotomy. Doctors performed episiotomies that were significantly deeper, longer and more obtuse than those by midwives. No midwife and only 13 (22%) doctors performed truly mediolateral episiotomies. It appears that the majority of episiotomies are not truly mediolateral but closer to the midline. More focused training in mediolateral episiotomy technique is required.