Baby poppin is on slo mo!!!
According to a federal study which compared nearly 140,000 births from two time periods, today’s baby momma are taking WAAAAY longer to deliver than their old school counterparts!
On average, the first time mom takes 6 ½ hours compared to a breezy FOUR hours just 50 years ago!!
Several researchers think an out of date expectation on what a “normal” pregnancy is partially to blame.
In fact, this range of “normal labor” when a woman in labor reaches certain milestones — was laid down in the 1950s!!! and contemporary obstetricians ARE STILL using that “labor curve.”
Dr. Ware Branch of Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, adds this outdated curve also causes a large jump in the number of c-sections!!!
Did you hear that Ricki Lake?!!
"The past definitions of 'normal' labor have been used to draw the line as to when it's time to intervene with a cesarean delivery.
But what we've shown is that labor is actually longer … than it was 50 years ago. That certainly calls for a reassessment of when one should draw the line for cesarean delivery."
Although Branch is partially right, the reasons for today's longer labors aren't entirely clear, as many other factors come into play such as an older average age for first time moms, and a much higher median body mass.
PLUS, today's newborns are a lot BIGGER!!!
Another reason could be modern meds such as epidural anesthesia, which can prolong labor by 40 to 90 minutes!!!
We’re all for healthy babies, but we’re glad that even if modern day labor takes a bit longer, that it's still a WHOLE lot safer than it used to be!!!
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