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Yet another danger of episiotomies?

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The thread on average head sizes makes me wonder if there's ever been a study on whether episiotomies make babies more likely to need suctioning when they come out?

I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that the action of being squeezed through the birth canal helps clear fluid and stuff from the baby's lungs, so I'd think that artificially widening the channel could make the squeezing less effective?
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my understanding of episiotomies is that they really don't "widen" the birth canal all that much...

maybe i should read the head circumference thread...

i think you are right. episiotomies do widen the birth canal (only the entrance though), and that final squeeze is probably important for getting the goop out. interesting!
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