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Perineal care

By Chris Kettle and Susan Tohill


Over 85% of women having a vaginal birth suffer some perineal trauma. Spontaneous tears requiring suturing are estimated to occur in at least one third of women in the UK and USA, with anal sphincter tears in 0.5% to 7% of women.Risk factors include first vaginal delivery, large or malpositioned baby, older or white mother, abnormal collagen synthesis, poor nutritional state, and forceps delivery

Topics: Pregnancy and Childbirth
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