In a prospective randomized study, women who practiced perineal massage during the last 6 weeks of pregnancy (n = 10) were compared with a control group (n = 10). The experimental group was comprised of healthy parous and nulliparous women. Control subjects were matched for parity, fetal weight, gestational age, and maternal age. Chisquare analysis for independence was significant (ξ2 = 9.89 p < .01). This study supported the hypothesis that women who practice perineal massage at least four times per week will have a lower incidence of episiotomy and lacerations than those who do not.