Perineal massage Effect on the incidence of episiotomy and laceration in a nulliparous population

Melissa D. Avery, Laura Van Arsdale

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Abstract

This prospective study compared 29 nulliparous women who practiced perineal massage in the last 6 weeks of pregnancy with a control group of 26. Episiotomy and/or second degree (or greater) perineal laceration occurred in 48% of experimental subjects and 77% of controls. Chi square analysis showed a significant difference between the groups (p < 0.05). Perineal massage may be one technique that will decrease the need for episiotomy. Suggestions for further research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-184
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by the Group Health Inc., Continuing Education and Research Fund through the Cooperative Foundation, St. Paul, Minnesota.

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