Cuts and lacerations during normal delivery without instrument
Obstetric trauma in this measure refers to cuts to the perineum (the area between the vagina and the anus) during a vaginal delivery. This can happen when doctors deliver babies, both with and without instruments to aid in delivery.
Cuts to the perineum during a vaginal delivery without instrument are often preventable. Most of these injuries are minor, but there is potential for serious injury that requires therapy or treatment. We continue to work toward elimination of preventable OB trauma.
About this measure
This measure tracks the number of cuts and injury for every 1000 vaginal deliveries. It excludes instrument-assisted vaginal deliveries.
Note: In this case, a lower number is better.