A new study suggest that women spend more time in labor than they did 50 years ago. Woman who delivered babies in the mid-2000s took two hours longer to get through the first stage of labor than women in the 50s and 60s.
Researchers say changes in practices such as using epidurals may be responsible for longer labor. I thought this article was very interesting to show how medical practices have evolved since the 50s and 60s. I think this study opened my eyes to how certain things have changed.