Information for the public
If you need an episiotomy
An episiotomy (cut in your perineum) should not be done routinely. If you have had a baby before and your perineum was badly torn, this does not put you at greater risk of having a bad tear again – your midwife should talk with you about your options.
An episiotomy may be carried out if your baby is born using forceps or ventouse, or if the birth needs to happen quickly because it looks like your baby is not coping well with labour. You will be offered pain relief during the procedure, and will need stitches after the birth.