A collection of links to articles on the subject plus information on using exercise to avoid and recover from the procedure.
|Baby Center: Episiotomy|
The how and why, including commonly asked questions and their answers. Includes user submitted comments on personal experiences with the procedure.
|Benefits and Risks of Episiotomy|
Text of the manuscript subtitled 'A Review of the English-Language Literature Since 1980' by R.J. Woolley which summarize the findings of studies on the subject.
|Birth Psychology: Epsiotomy|
A description of the procedure, its purposes, and women's responses to it.
|Childbirth.org: Episiotomy Resources|
Articles on the use of kegels and prenatal perineal massage to avoid necessity. Includes links to other articles about the procedure.
|Episiotomy: Ritual Genital Mutilation in Western Obstetrics|
An article denouncing the practice of routinely cutting the perineum during hospital deliveries in the United States with abstracts for related studies.
|Get Through Childbirth in One Piece|
An article with references about methods for avoiding the procedure, written by the author of the book by the same name.
|Much Ado About a Little Cut|
Article from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggesting that routine episiotomy is no longer advisable.
|NPR : Study Questions Value of Episiotomies|
A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds no benefit from episiotomies. Melissa Block talks with Dr. Katherine E. Hartmann, who is lead author of the study. [3:53 streaming audio broadcast] (May 4, 2005)
|Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities: Episiotomy|
Summary of significant points, references, and abstracts from related studies from this book on obstetric myths.