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Pract Midwife. 2012 Jul-Aug;15(7):34-6.

Enhancing postnatal perineal care: Part 2.


Maternal physical and psychological wellbeing during the postnatal period can be significantly impaired by perineal trauma sustained during childbirth. Current literature emphasises preventative measures, yet there is a lack of a systematic, evidence based approach to postnatal perineal care. This is concerning as the eighth 'Saving mothers' lives' report (CMACE 2011) identifies genital tract sepsis for the first time as the leading cause of maternal deaths. The aim of this article is therefore to develop a systematic approach to improve postnatal perineal care with a focus on assessment and treatment of perineal pain as well as recovery of pelvic floor function.

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