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Group Recommends Against Routine Episiotomy

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Dr. Kim Mulvihill reportingEpisiotomy is a procedure that's performed every day in labor and delivery rooms. But for 20 years the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has recommended against the routine use of episiotomies in childbirth.

The procedure is done quite often during child birth, but it's now under fire for doing more harm than good to a million American women a year.

An episiotomy is an incision performed during the last stages of labor in order to make more room for delivery of the baby.

But, a scientific review found the incision may cause more injury than a natural tear, and that the procedure has no benefits.

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