This is going to be a short post. There really isn't much that needs to be discussed. It's all pretty simple.
When I discussed my fears about episiotomies with my midwife, she explained things this way:
Imagine trying to tear a shirt in half. Now, imagine cutting it with scissors a little and trying again. Which one will rip more?
Bottom line: don't let them cut you. Tearing will result in far less damage to the area and will heal faster and better.
See. It's as simple as that. The end.