This paper was presented at the second conference on Technological Approaches to Obstetrics: Benefits, Risks, Alternatives, San Francisco, California, October 16, 1981.
The Risks and Benefits of Episiotomy: A Review
Version of Record online: 9 OCT 2008
Volume 9, Issue 1, pages 25–30, Spring 1982
How to Cite
Banta, D. and Thacker, S. B. (1982), The Risks and Benefits of Episiotomy: A Review. Birth, 9: 25–30. doi: 10.1111/j.1523-536X.1982.tb01599.x
- Issue online: 9 OCT 2008
- Version of Record online: 9 OCT 2008
ABSTRACT: A review of the medical literature shows that episiotomy is done in about two-thirds of births in the US, and routinely in many settings, especially in primiparas. While episiotomy can be clinically justified in specific circumstances such as impending laceration of the perineum, the literature does not support its routine use, since it is associated with significant risks of pain and infection, and the benefits claimed for routine episiotomy have not been subjected to randomized controlled trials.