A lot of posts about episiotomies lately. From what I've read, of all the interventions, episiotomies seem to have far more risks than benefits. Surely, care providers are aware of the research: does not prevent tears, associated with more severe tearing, etc. So, why are so many of them so insistent on cutting, apparently even when a woman does not give consent.
Why is there such a rush to get the baby out now? As long as the baby's heartrate is strong, what is the point? Can some one explain this to me?