Hello! My name is Maureen Browne and on behalf
of expertvillage.com, we’re here in this clip today to describe a little about midwives
and the prevention of perineal trauma during childbirth. Midwives have a lower rate of
epidural use and with this there is less incidence of extensive perineal tears, such as a third
or fourth degree extended tear. Midwives do not routinely do episiotomies, and an episiotomy
is an surgical incision with the scissors to widen the birth opening. Midwives tend
to do these just when medically indicated. Finally, midwives tend to encourage positions
in labor that are conducive to less perineal damage, such as sideline position.