NIH Study Finds Women Spend Longer in Labor Now Than 50 Years Ago

Authors S. Katherine Laughon and Branch Ware were available last week for a news briefing to explain the results of their recent study on changing labor patterns.

An audio recording of the briefing is available at (MP3 - 4.25 MB) and a transcript of the briefing is available at


About the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

The NICHD sponsors research on development, before and after birth; maternal, child, and family health; reproductive biology and population issues; and medical rehabilitation. For more information, visit the Institute’s Web site at

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