Dr. Pamela Smith, ND 

Dr. Pam has a family practice at The Nest Family Wellness Centre which offers naturopathic and midwifery care. She combines science-based natural medicine with conventional medical therapeutics. Learn more about Dr. Pam and the services offered by her clinic here, or book an appointment at www.drpamelasmith.com.

Check out the latest Ask Dr Pam Q&A and posts by topic below as well as her health and wellness posts.

Ask Dr Pam   

What is an episiotomy?

An episiotomy is a surgical incision along the perineal tissue to enlarge the outlet during delivery. Your practitioner may decide an episiotomy is necessary to prevent severe trauma to the vagina and perineum especially if instrumental assistance is needed (i.e. with forceps or vacuum) or to accelerate birth when there is evidence of fetal distress. Episiotomy’s are not routine procedures anymore and are generally not recommended as healing from a spontaneous tear heals quicker and is less risk to mother and baby.

Read this post for how to prepare for labor and delivery.