Women spend more time in labor than they did 50 years ago; Research


Researchers have found that these days women spend much more time in childbirth as compare to delivery  cases of 50 year ago.

This study has been published online in the March 10 issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Mother and Newborn baby[hana-code-insert name=’StumbleUpon’ /][hana-code-insert name=’Reddit’ /] In this study,researchers have found that one of the reasons for increase time in labour is obstetric practices have changed.

“Some of the difference is due to change in obstetric practice, and that should drive us to look at labor management,” said a co-author, Dr. D. Ware Branch, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Utah.

“There are a lot of unmeasurables in these patients,” said Dr. Christian M. Pettker, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale. “It could be inherent properties of the women beyond what they’re measuring.”

Dr. Pettker also said that in any case, a longer labor may not be bad.

“Adverse outcomes are certainly lower than they were in the ’50s, and neonatal survival is extraordinarily better even in full-term infants than it was in the ’50s and ’60s,” he said. “So it’s not necessarily so that this longer pattern is worse.”


S. Katherine Laughon, MD, MS, D. Ware Branch, MD, Julie Beaver, MS, Jun Zhang, PhD, MD, (2012). Changes in labor patterns over 50 years. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.