Labor by the Numbers

Surprising stats on everything from pushing times to the percentage of women who get epidurals.
ByNatalie Gingerich Mackenzie
Contributing Writer
Updated
Jan 2019
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Before you head to the delivery room, you want to be as prepared as possible. (Hello, birth plan.) To give you an idea of what’s the norm when it comes to giving birth, we pulled together a variety of labor and delivery stats. Some of them may surprise you!

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