Women prefer longer labour over more intense pain – New Study

Posted by on Jun 28, 2014 in News/Articles | 0 comments

In a recent study, pregnant women were asked, pre and post labour, whether they would prefer shorter labour with more intense pain or a longer labour with less pain.

“Interestingly, intensity is the driver,” said lead study author Dr. Brendan Carvalho, from the Stanford University School of Medicine in California.

Using an epidural “may prolong labor but reduces pain intensity, and it seems that would be preferable to most,”

Both pre- and post-labor, women on average preferred less intense pain over a longer duration, according to results published online June 6 in the British Journal of Anaesthesia.

“More medication makes legs heavy, may make labor longer and will more likely involve forceps or vacuum (to help deliver the baby), and less medication means more intense pain and also the ability to be more active,” said Dr Carvalho “Women would benefit from more conversation about this.”

What are your thoughts? Would you, or did you prefer a longer labour with less pain or shorter labour with more intense pain?

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