A while back, I reported on the 2006 data with regards to tears and episiotomies, and wrote:
The NSW 2006 data reveals interesting statistics about the fate of your perineum in NSW hospitals. Overall, 13% – 56% did not have stitches after their birth. The average was 27%.
3% – 35% women had an episiotomy. Huge variation, don’t you think? The average was 15%.
When we look at first time mums, 12% – 51% birthed their babies and needed no stitches. The average was 32%. And episiotomy rates varied from 2% – 45% (average 18%).
How does this compare with our 2010 data?
Overall, 23% women did not have stitches after their birth, down from 27% in 2006.
18% women had an episiotomy, up from 15% in 2006.
When we look at first time mums, 17% birthed their babies and needed no stitches. This is down from 32% in 2006.
This is quite different data! I am astounded at the drop in the number of first-time Mums who are birthing with an intact perineum. I have no answers for why this is the case; I have re-checked the data and it is correct. Do you have any clues?