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Armando @armando_bastida

Over the years, times change, health improves and everything seems to go better, to the point that none of our mothers and grandmothers would change the advances they have now for what they had in their youth. We also would not want the precariousness of those times to return (although our political leaders do not seem to care too much), although it must be said that they surpassed us in something: our mothers and grandmothers gave birth faster than the women of today, but rather plus.

Researchers from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the USA. They have carried out a study in which they have observed that the duration of labor has lengthened 2 hours and 40 minutes on average in a lapse of time of 50 years.

To carry out the study, they evaluated more than 140 thousand new mothers who had given birth between 1959 and 1966 and between 2003 and 2009 and compared the time and characteristics of each birth.

When comparing between the two groups of mothers they realized that the women of the first group, our mothers and grandmothers, gave birth in about four hours on average, while the women who gave birth already in the 21st century did so in about six and a half hours .

The difference between the time it took some and the time it takes the others is given, according to the authors, by the excessive medical interventionism that has been carried out in the last decade, with a control of all the processes of childbirth too instrumentalized. Proof of this is the data showing that the use of epidural anesthesia was up to 55% in women who gave birth recently, compared to 12% of those who did decades ago, that the administration of oxytocin was carried out in 44%, compared to 12% of the "oldest" and that women now underwent a cesarean in 12% of cases, compared to 3% of women before.

Another reason is that the age at which women have their first child has also varied . 50 years ago women had their first child around 20 years old and now women are about ten years older, when not any more.

A third possible reason is overweight and obesity, which also influences the duration of labor (and we already know that obesity rates are increasing in recent decades).

Whatever the cause, and being perhaps what I am going to say a fourth reason, the way of living the births has changed. My mother-in-law always says that giving birth is like going to shit, loose the child and ready. My mother, who has given birth to six, some without anesthesia, others with and some by caesarean section, always says that if I had to have another I would have vaginal and without anesthesia . Now there are many women who want everything to be quick and painless, and that needs intervention, and ends up slowing down the process. Others want to give birth naturally and end up changing their minds, perhaps because they are not prepared enough.

Via | Europa Press Photos | a4gpa on Flickr in Babies and more | How long does a delivery last? How long did your delivery last? It is better to delay at home

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