Fear of childbirth might lead to longer labor
June 27, 2012 (WLS) -- If a woman is afraid of childbirth, it may make her labor even longer.
Researchers in Norway found women fearful of giving birth spent about an hour and a half longer in labor than other women.
Fear of birth was also associated with a greater likelihood of an instrumental vaginal delivery or an emergency C-section. Generally, a longer labor duration increases the risk of C-section.
However, scientists point out that a large number of women who had labor fears successfully had a vaginal delivery.
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