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Women misled about childbirth

14th March 2008

A review of 32 studies of women’s experiences of childbirth has suggested that many expectant mums are being wrongly led to believe that a pain-free and drug-free labour is possible.

Researchers from Newcastle University’s Department of Public Health found that the experiences of most women differed from their expectations, often leading to disappointment when labour does not go according to plan. The review is published in the online journal BMC medicine and said that the antenatal education programmes needed to adopt a more honest approach.

 

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