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Spiritual women are reported to have an easier time in labor.

Do spiritual women have an easier time giving birth? A recent study suggests they do. The study, published in The Annals of Family Medicine, looked at 17 years of medical records for a birthing center serving Amish women in southwest Wisconsin. It found that the Amish women had fewer cesarean sections, lacerations, and other labor-related complications than other American women. The national rate for C-section birth in the United States is 33 percent, but the C-section rate among the Amish studied was less than 4 percent, even though many of the women at the birth center were considered high-risk because they were of advanced maternal age, had already had several children, or had previously had C-sections.Many factors contributed to the positive outcomes, the study says, including the cultural background and lifestyle of the Amish women, as well as the low-intervention philosophy of the birth center. But birth professionals have also noticed that, regardless of their particular denomination, deeply religious or spiritual women need less intervention during labor, have less chance of surgical birth, and …

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