– more likely to have easier and faster labours, need fewer interventions and develop closer bonds with their babies
– 50% less likely to need a caesarean section
– 40% less likely to need forceps delivery
– 60% less likely to ask for an epidural
– more likely to have shorter labours; on average, 25% shorter.
– more likely to breastfeed and less likely to suffer from postnatal depression.
These benefits have been recognised by the World Health Organization.