New federal stats show that women today have longer births and heavier babies.
Today's labors are definitely not like our grandmothers' experiences, according to an NPR news article. A new study from the National Institutes of Health says women today take longer to give birth compared with women a half century ago. "The typical first-time mother takes 6 1/2 hours to give birth these days. Her counterpart 50 years ago labored for barely four hours," the NPR article says.
Federal researchers, whose findings were published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, compared information from 140,000 deliveries from births in the early 1960s and in the early 2000s. They uncovered interesting differences:
- The first stage of labor had increased by 2.6 hours for today's first-time mothers; for those who had given birth previously, this stage was now two hours longer.
- Infants born in the most recent group were born on average five days earlier and were heavier than those