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Are Women Spending More Time In Labor? - HER Daily Dose

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In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Daily Dose" Bailey Mosier examines a study that says that American women are spending almost 2 hours more in labor during childbirth than women did 50 years ago.

Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is your EmpowHER HER Daily Dose.

American women today are spending about two hours more in labor during childbirth than women did 50 years ago. Why is that?

In a report published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, researchers collected data on 40,000 women who gave birth between 1959 and 1966, and compared those findings with nearly 100,000 women who delivered between 2002 and 2008. The researchers found women in the 21st century were in labor 2.6 hours longer for first births and two hours longer for subsequent births than women from the 1960s.

Researchers believe these longer labor terms are due to older maternal age and increased BMI. They also point to the use of epidural injections as reason why childbirth is lasting longer.

That wraps up your EmpowHER HER Daily Dose. Join me here at EmpowHER.com every weekday for your next dose of women’s health.

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