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Table 3 Attitudes to episiotomy among obstetricians and midwives at Hung Vuong Hospital, 2012-13

From: Knowledge, attitude and experience of episiotomy use among obstetricians and midwives in Viet Nam

Attitudes to episiotomy Obstetricians Midwives P-value
N = 69 N = 79
n (%) n (%)
Episiotomy rate (of 86%) is    
Too low 0 ( 0.0) 1 ( 1.3) 0.35
About right 36 (52.2) 63 (79.7) <0.01
Too high 33 (47.8) 14 (18.0) <0.01
Routine episiotomy is appropriate for nulliparae 49 (71.0) 77 (97.5) <0.01
Routine episiotomy is appropriate for multiparae 6 ( 8.7) 10 (12.7) 0.44
Other obstacles to reducing episiotomy rates?*    
Not trained to minimize tears/keep perineum intact 39 (56.5) 29 (36.7) 0.02
No time to wait for the perineum to stretch 34 (49.3) 21 (26.6) <0.01
Hard to change traditional practice 24 (34.8) 19 (24.1) 0.15
Women expect an episiotomy 3 ( 4.4) 14 (17.7) 0.01
Other 10 (14.5) 18 (22.8) 0.20
  1. *more than one response possible.