Many women feel anxious about giving birth. Fear of the unknown and over-sharing by others (I felt I was ripped apart, one mother told my antenatal group) can make labour daunting. Being frightened of childbirth can prolong labour by an average of 47 minutes, but it feels longer increase the need for pain relief, make a caesarean section more likely and raise the risk of postpartum depression.
Last month, a small, randomised controlled trial added to the evidence that teaching mindfulness to pregnant women could […].
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