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"Fathers in delivery room could make pain of childbirth worse"

Articles in The Independent, the Guardian, Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, and The Times (£) on 21st January 2015 claimed “Women who have their partners with them during childbirth experience MORE pain.” In fact, the researchers tested a different type of pain, in a different context.

Dr Charlotte Krahé, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London and lead author on the study:

“Our study did not look at pain during childbirth. We examined whether the presence of a romantic partner is always beneficial during pain, or whether the effect depends on the extent to which the individual in pain seeks or avoids closeness in relationships. We did this by monitoring pain caused by a pinprick on the finger. Participants who avoided closeness in their relationships experienced greater pain (and associated brain activity) when their partner was present.”

Document type: For The Record

Published: 22 January 2015

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