Pregnant Pacing

A new study encourages women to walk during labor if they'd like. But not all doctors will agree

What's the best way for a woman to give birth? You'd think after millions of years of practice, we'd have the answer nailed by now. But as a study in last week's New England Journal of Medicine makes clear, there's still a lot about birthing babies that even obstetricians don't know. Take something as simple as walking during the early stages of labor, which was the focus of last week's report. Many women find that it helps them to relax, to work through their contractions before the often tough job ahead. In addition, midwives have long believed that walking reduces the...

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