Just How Long Is “Normal” for Labour?

Helen defied traditional knowledge. Traditional care would consider Helen, having her first baby at 44 years of age, high risk. Traditionally, homebirth would be considered very risky and waterbirth as pain relief inadequate. Helen had no complications. Her 24-hour labour was neither exhausting nor debilitating.

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About Author: Astrid Osbourne

Astrid Osbourne is Consultant Midwife and Acting Head of Midwifery at University College London Hospitals.

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