By Beth Ann Mayer, September 17, 2020

We’ve all seen movies and shows with a birth: A woman’s water breaks, she’s writhing in pain and eventually, through screams, sweat, and tears, pushes out a baby. So, people are already predisposed to think birth is a painful experience. Then, if they become pregnant, it can be difficult to go anywhere without someone telling you about how much pain they or someone they know were in during a long labor. “I don’t think anyone wants to have hours and hours of pain,” says Kecia Gaither, M.D., MPH, FACOG, a double board-certified physician in OB-GYN and maternal-fetal medicine.

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