Term: Obstetrical Trauma: Vaginal Delivery, without Instrumentation

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2007-09-26


Obstetric trauma during vaginal delivery without instrumentation is an injury to the mother while giving birth by vaginal delivery without the aid of birthing instruments. Obstetric trauma includes fourth-degree perineal lacerations; laceration of the cervix, vaginal wall or sulcus; injury to bladder or urethra; and repair of obstetric lacerations of the uterus, cervix, corpus uteri, bladder, urethra, rectum and sphincter ani. C-section deliveries are not included.

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