Episiotomy

Episiotomies are no longer performed routinely, but they're still shockingly common.
Today's hospitals offer "family birthing suites" with soothing wallpaper, aromatherapy, soft lighting, comfy tubs, pull-out beds for Dad and catered meals. While all this makes for good advertising, it does not necessarily make for good birthing.
The rise in cesarean surgery rates has not been accompanied by overall improvements in maternal or child health and creates risks to pregnant women and babies that do not exist with vaginal births.