What is an assisted delivery?
While labor can be a straightforward, uncomplicated process, it often may require the assistance of the medical staff. This assistance can vary from use of medications to emergency delivery procedures.
What are some assisted delivery procedures that may take place during my labor?
The procedure your doctor may use will depend on the conditions that may arise while you are in labor. These assisted delivery procedures can include:
An episiotomy is a surgical incision made in the perineum (the area of skin between the vagina and the anus). The incision enlarges the vaginal opening to allow the baby's head to pass through more easily and to prevent tearing of the mother's skin. Although not considered a routine procedure, some health care providers have higher episiotomy rates than others.
There are two types of incisions: the median, made directly back to toward the anus, and the medio-lateral, which slants away from the anus.