New Research Finds that women with a fear of childbirth endure a longer labor Women who have a fear of childbirth spend longer in labour than women who have no such fear, suggests new research published today in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. (click link to read about this study)

Maternal Deaths Plunged Over 2 Decades, to About 287,000 in 2010, U.N. Reports The number of women dying from pregnancy and childbirth has dropped sharply in the last two decades, according to a report by a consortium of United Nations agencies set to be released on Wednesday.  (click to read NYT story)