Dr. Michael Klein, M.D., C.C.F.P., F.C.F.P., F.A.A.P. (Neonatal/Perinatal), F.C.P.S.,is a pediatrician/neonatologist and family physician researcher and educator based at Children’s & Women’s Hospital and the Centre for Developmental Neurosciences & Child Health of the Child and Family Research Institute in Vancouver British Columbia Canada.
Dr. Klein is also an occasional contributor to Science & Sensibility. He is best known for his randomized controlled trial of routine episiotomies that demonstrated that they increased the very trauma that they were intended to prevent.
At the recent North American Primary Care Research Group, a tribute to Dr. Klein’s significant contribution to research on episiotomies was presented to those in attendance. Lucky for us, this presentation was also recorded. Clever, accurate and incredibly funny, I hope that you enjoy this clip as much as I did.
Thank you, Dr. Klein for your years of researching, supporting and sharing evidence based birth practices with us. It is very much appreciated.
Resources for some of Dr. Klein’s publications on episiotomies
Klein MC et al. Does Episiotomy Prevent Perineal Trauma and Pelvic Floor Relaxation? First North American Trial of Episiotomy.Inaugural issue: On-Line Journal of Current Clinical Trials. American Association Advancement Science. 1992;1:July 1 (Doc 10).
Klein MC. From routine episiotomy to routine Cesarean section: how society came from rejecting one to embracing another. Bear Bones Publication of the Department of Family Practice University of British Columbia. 2010. Spring 10 (1): 12-17.
Klein M: Studying Episiotomy: When Beliefs Conflict with Science. J Fam Practice 1995; 41(5):483-488.
Klein MC.What do episiotomy and cesarean have to do with Copernicus, Galileo and Newton? Birth. March 2010; 37(1): 1-2.
Klein MC, Kaczorowski J, Robbins JM, Gauthier RJ, Jorgensen SH, Joshi AK: Physician Beliefs and Behaviour within a Randomized Controlled Trial of Episiotomy: Consequences for Women under their Care. Can Med Assoc J, 1995; 153(6):769-779.