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10 Tips For A Better Labor Day

03/21/2013 01:06 pm ET

It often feels like life is moving faster and faster all the time, but in the delivery room, things are actually slowing down. A recent National Institutes of Health study found that childbirth for first-time moms now takes 2.6 hours longer than it did 50 years ago.

To make that extra time in the delivery room less painful and more joyful, it helps to know how to make the hard work of having a baby more manageable. Starting today, here are 10 things you can do to make your birth experience that much easier.

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