How Do You Prevent Perineal Tearing?

Preventing Perineal Tearing

Reducing perineal trauma requires particular attention. Does your care provider know the best methods to prevent perineal tearing during natural birth?

How do you keep women from perineal tearing during birth?

The best way to support woman during birth to remain as intact as possible is to apply warm compresses to the perineum, olive oil to decrease the friction, to allow for natural physiological pushing instead of directed pushing, to allow for slow stretching with crowning of the baby’s head as long as the fetal status is good, possible perineal massage, and allow a woman to spontaneously assume any position she desires to birth in that is safe.


  • Aasheim V, Nilsen ABVika, Lukasse M, Reinar LM. Perineal techniques during the second stage of labour for reducing perineal trauma. 7 December 2011