Unkindest Cut?

Most moms don't need a minor surgery to deliver

No matter how many books you may have read on the subject of labor and delivery, when you're going through it for the first time, you don't really know what to expect. So, if an obstetrician offers to shorten the time it takes for your baby to be born by making a little incision in the tissue below the birth canal, chances are you'll be tempted to gasp out a yes! The procedure, called an episiotomy, may bring you immediate relief, but it often leads to a longer recovery, more pain and other postdelivery complications. Most of the time, it doesn't...

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