Authors' reply

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6980.668b (Published 11 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:668
  1. Tine Brink Henriksen,
  2. Karl Moller Bek,
  3. Morten Hedegaard,
  4. Niels Jorgen Secher
  1. Research fellow Registrar Research fellow Consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology Perinatal Epidemiological Research Unit, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Aarhus University Hospital, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

    EDITOR,—Both letters about our paper emphasise that parity is an important variable to consider when dealing with perineal trauma and obstetrics in general. We agree. Parity was not an element of our feedback to the midwives but will be in the future. We, however, found no difference in parity between different time periods (categorised in three month intervals) or between different groups of midwives (categorised as in table III in our paper). Although more episiotomies and perineal tears were found in primiparous women in our study, our results were the same in relation to the changes …

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