Prevention Guidance

Pregnancy and birth can be a joyous but confusing time. Many women are not made aware that they may be at an increased risk for a severe obstetric laceration. We hope to provide you with information to evaluate your risk and what you can do to help prevent a severe laceration. The SOLACE Foundation aims to help women have positive birth experiences so that women and their families can truly enjoy time with their newborns and improve long-term health outcomes.


The average number of birthing women who sustain a 3rd or 4th degree tear each year.



The number of women with an OASI (obstetric anal sphincter injury) who experience fecal incontinence.

NIH study


The number of women who state that their symptoms are unacceptable and cause them to alter their lifestyle.

NIH study


The number of women with an OASI who report painful sexual intercourse.

NIH study