01/28/2013 10:53 am ET

What You Don't Know About Episiotomies Can Hurt You

When Cyndi Sellers’s son was born at a hospital in southern Oregon, the obstetrician on call rushed in with wet hair wearing a tie-dye T-shirt, as if she had just been swimming. After only a few minutes in the room, the doctor then cut an episiotomy so long that Cyndi’s mother -- who was watching the birth -- later described it as “horrifying.”

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