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Epidurals Don’t Necessarily Slow Labor, Study Finds
The Huffington Post

For years, doctors and natural birth proponents have been concerned that epidural analgesia slows down how long it takes a mother to push her baby out. Many obstetricians reduce or turn off a woman’s epidural while she’s pushing in the hopes of moving things along.

But new findings published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology on Tuesday suggest that long-held belief is wrong. The study found that women took roughly the same amount of time to push, whether they got drugs while pushing or not.