Just counting the articles about fear in childbirth and the increase in time in labor and increase in complications of labor, one would think this is a new concept. However, it is not.
In a recent Time Magazine article, WhyWomen Who Fear Childbirth Spend More Time in Labor, author Alexandra Sifferlin points out “Women who fear childbirth just got something else to worry about: a recent Norwegian study found that women who were scared of giving birth ended up spending more time in labor, about 8 hours versus 6.5 for women who weren’t afraid.
According to the study’s authors, 5% to 20% of pregnant women fear giving birth. The reasons vary, from the mothers being young or never having given birth before to their having pre-existing psychological problems, a lack social support or a history of abuse or bad obstetric experiences.
The study also found that mothers who feared childbirth were also more likely than unafraid women to need an emergency C-section (11% versus 7%) or assistance with instruments such as forceps for vaginal delivery (17.0% versus 11%). Overall, about a quarter of women who feared childbirth delivered without any obstetric interventions, compared with nearly 45% of women who were not afraid.”
“There are a number of reasons why women may develop a fear of childbirth,” said John Thorp, editor-in-chief of , the journal in which the new study is published, in a statement.This research shows that women with fear of childbirth are more likely to need obstetric intervention and this needs to be explored further so that obstetricians and midwives can provide the appropriate support and advice.”
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