Episiotomy in labour, should I have one?

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The OASI care bundle, was first piloted in 2016 with the aim of reducing rates of severe perineal trauma. The recommendation ‘perform an episiotomy when required’ is one of the four elements in the bundle. Midwives are the primary health care professional for straightforward births in the UK and there is very little published data related to their practise in this area.
A team of researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Brighton conducted a qualitative study which aimed to capture midwives’ experience of episiotomy. The findings indicated that consent for the procedure is problematic, because obtaining fully-informed consent during birth can be challenging.

This information leaflet was developed in response to the findings and aims to provide accessible information for use in antenatal appointments and/or classes. It is hoped that the leaflet will contribute to improving informed consent for episiotomy when it is indicated during birth.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Practising Midwife
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2022

Bibliographical note

This is a blog post and associated digital patient information leaflet on episiotomy in labour, hosted by All4Maternity, the digital platform for 'The Practising Midwife' journal. The downloadable leaflet is also available in aracbic.


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