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Archive of: childbirth

What is an Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injury? (OASI)

During childbirth it is extremely common for women to experience some degree of tear or graze.

Some women however, suffer more serious tears that are known as third and fourth-degree tears – ‘obstetric anal sphincter injuries’ (OASI).

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Tearing during childbirth

Last week the BBC reported that birth complications such as serious blood loss and severe tears can be twice as common in some hospitals.

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