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Women spend more time in labor these days
Women spend more time in labor these days

Women spend longer in labor than they did 50 years ago, according to a new study from the National Institutes of Health. The study of 140,000 deliveries said the main reason may be due to changes in delivery room practices. The study, published online in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, compared childbirth data in the early 1960s to data from the early 2000s. Researchers found that the first stage of labor -- when the cervix dilates but there’s no pushing -- increased by 2.6 hours for first-time mothers. For those who had previously given birth, this stage took 2 hour longer. The more recent group of babies were also born an average of five days earlier and weighed...

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