Childbirth takes longer now than it did in the 1960's
According to a new study undertaken by United State government delivering a baby takes up more time than it used to be fifty years ago.
According to the result provided by the researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health the women in today's century have to use about two to three hours more in labor in recent years than the women in the 1960's.
This additional time is used up in the longest part of the labor process that is the initial phase of labor. This part where the extra time is needed is previous to the "pushing" phase.
Now-a-days the new moms are different from those who were present fifty years ago. In today's century the new born babies are bigger and their moms are older and also weigh more compared to those of the 1960's.
Lead researcher associated with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Dr. Katherine Laughon, in a conference stated that even considering the changing demographics it has been found that labor is still longer now-a-days.
She further stated that the probable causes with this learning are yet to be found. But a partial reason that has been detected is the epidural pain healing, which was far less in use in the 1960's. It is been considered that epidurals tend to slow down labor by forty to ninety minutes approximately.
Now-a-days many women do not object to endure additional time is used up in labor in exchange of the pain healing.
What is the exact meaning of "Normal" labor?
The answer to this question has become very vague and speculative in today's century. Many women now-a-days opt for planned cesarean or labor inductions compared to fifty years earlier according to Laughon. So the women who undergo unprompted labor now-a-days can be different in some parts than those in the 1960's.
But no matter what the fundamental reasons, Laughon states that the results propose that doctors may require to reorganize the characterization of "normal" labor as the concept is established on the defined standard for women, which was true fifty years back.
As for example, traditionally the doctors consider labor to be unnatural whenever they detect that there is no alteration in the cervix uteri after two hours approximately during the main time of the labor's first stage. At that time, they may step in either by giving the oxytocin pills, which kindles contractions, or by going for a Caesarean delivery.
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