Fear May Increase Length of Labor

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Registered: 05-15-2009
Fear May Increase Length of Labor
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Mon, 07-09-2012 - 10:22am

In a study of over 2,000 pregnant women who planned for a vaginal birth, 165 of them were classified as "fearful" and spent more time in labor than those who were not fearful. Additionally, interventions involving the use of forceps or other instruments were more common among fearful women.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/fear-may-increase-length-of-labor/2012/07/02/gJQAra3cIW_story.html

Were you fearful during labor?

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-03-2007
Thu, 08-30-2012 - 3:42pm
Makes sense, physiologically. The medications used to stop early labor are chemically similar to adrenaline.