Episiotomy has been in the news quite a bit lately. There is the woman suing her obstetrician for assault for a “forced episiotomy.” Another woman recently won a $50 million lawsuit against her obstetrician for complications that arose after her second delivery (with another provider) which she claims were caused by the episiotomy performed during her first delivery. ACOG also recently published a Practice Bulletin on the “Prevention and management of obstetric lacerations” that addresses episiotomy use. Wow. That’s quite a lot of debate over one small cut.
It’s that time of year again, mommas. You knew this day would come. You prepared. You shaved your legs, trimmed the, ahem, hedges, and maybe even painted your toenails. You get dressed in the tiniest of gowns and drape a sheet over your lap. Feet in stirrups, slide down.