Women prefer longer labor over more intense pain: study

June 26, 2014 6:40 PM

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - If you were giving birth, what would be your choice: a longer labor with relatively less pain, or a shorter labor with terrible pain? That’s the question researchers posed to 40 pregnant women. Their preference? Less-intense pain, at the cost of a longer labor.

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

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