Routine episiotomy should be abandoned

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7169.1389 (Published 14 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1389
  1. Jos£ M Beliz£n, Director,
  2. Guillermo Carroli, Director
  1. Latin American Centre for Perinatology, Pan-American Health Organisation-World Health Organisation, Montevideo, Uruguay
  2. Centro Rosarino de Estudios Perinatales, Rosario, Argentina

    EDITOR—In their editorial Maduma-Butshe et al discussed the need to abandon the routine use of episiotomy in developing countries.1

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    Episiotomy rates in one hospital in Rosario, Argentina, before, during, and after episiotomy trial.2 Values are percentages (proportions)

    The use of episiotomy is a paradigmatic example of the many interventions that are introduced into clinical …

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