I wonder if tearing naturally is better than an episiotomy. I think episiotomy is better because it's a clear cut but I heard from a few people that natural tears heal in just a few weeks. It took me more than six weeks to completely heal after my episiotomy. The stitches were gone by the fourth week, but pain while walking and sitting was around for longer.
For my next pregnancy, I'm going to make sure to get perineal massage before birth. I hope I can avoid the episiotomy and its risks next time.