Genital Tract Trauma is the fancy term for vaginal tearing during birth. No one likes to associate the word “trauma” with anything but let’s be honest: if you’ve had a vaginal delivery and experienced a natural tear or episiotomy then it can be very traumatic for many reasons. There are varying degrees of tearing and everyone heals differently. Below is a link to a very detailed article on the research surrounding genital trauma and how midwives try to prevent it. Great info for anyone in the birthing world and expecting mamas who want to learn how to best prevent any tearing.