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Sometimes during the process of giving birth, a doctor or midwife may make a cut in your perineum (the area between the vagina and anus). A local anaesthetic will be given first. The cut makes the opening of the vagina a bit wider, allowing the baby to come through it more easily. An episiotomy can help avoid a tear or speed up delivery if your baby is showing signs of distress.