Midwives and nurses are as good as docs -- and sometimes better, WHO finds

...Nurse-midwives or midwives who deliver babies end up using fewer drugs and they are less likely than doctors to make a type of cut called an episiotomy. Groups such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend against episiotomies because they don’t heal as well as the natural tears that occur during childbirth.

Midwives were no more or less likely than doctors to induce labor, perform cesarean sections or use instruments to deliver a baby, Cometto’s team found, and the rates of death of either mother or child were the same among doctors as among midwives.

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Fear Makes Labor Longer

Women who fear childbirth have longer labor than those who do not, a new study has found.

Norwegian researchers assessed fear of childbirth with a 33-item questionnaire filled out at 32 weeks of gestation. After excluding those with a multiple pregnancy, breech presentation, preterm delivery or elective Caesareans, they were left with 2,206 women for the study, published online last week in the journal BJOG.

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