You might think it's TMI, but this is definitely something to store in your 'Good-to-Know' file. reports a study that was done clearly demonstrates a more difficult labor process for women that delayed pushing. In addition to the process itself, the study showed life-threatening complications for the baby were more likely to occur in women that didn't start to push immediately.

What the study didn't show, however, was a difference in whether a women delivered by C-section or the traditional way. Delayed pushing had no effect on the method of delivery which doesn't explain why C-sections have increased astronomically over the last few decades.

Some practitioners believe it's always safest for a woman to only start pushing once she feels the need to do so. This study provides evidence to the contrary. Hopefully, now, there will be more of a consensus among obstetricians about what the correct birthing practice really is.

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