Does Episiotomy Really Protect the Pelvic Floor?

What is Episiotomy?
An episiotomy is a surgical to the perineum made during childbirth. The perineum is the area between the vaginal opening and the anal sphincter. In my Gentlebirth workshops, we discuss worries that expectant mums may have about the birth. Having an episiotomy is almost always close to the top of the list.
 
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Stacking the Odds for Your Successful VBAC

If you had a caesarean last time round and are pregnant again, you're probably wondering what to expect this time. In almost all cases, attempting VBAC, rather than an elective repeat caesarean is recommended as the safest option for mothers. So what do you need to do to improve YOUR chances of a successful VBAC?
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    More Episiotomies, Perineal Tearing & Instrumental Births for VBAC Mums?

More Episiotomies, Perineal Tearing & Instrumental Births for VBAC Mums?

So you're planning your VBAC and feeling pretty confident! Then someone, maybe your care provider while discussing the pros and cons of VBAC and repeat Caesarean, happens to mention that VBAC mums have a higher chance of experiencing a significant perineal tear or having an episiotomy or instrumental birth. Is this really true?