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Date Updated:
Wed May 22 2019

710, Leapfrog Group, https://www.leapfroggroup.org

Reducing episiotomies

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"An episiotomy is an incision made in the perineum (the birth canal) during childbirth. Although episiotomies were once routine in childbirth, medical guidelines today recommend an episiotomy only in a narrow set of cases. Episiotomies have been clearly linked with worse perineal tears, loss of bladder or bowel control, and pelvic floor defects."

About this measure

Hospitals fully meet standards with a reported rate of episiotomies of 5% or less.

Scores are reported as:

1 = Willing to Report
2 = Some Progress
3 = Substantial Progress
4 = Fully Meets Standards

Note: In this case, a higher number is better.