Latest research has shown that holding the hand of someone you love while in labour can help reduce the pain.
Dr. Pavel Goldstein from the University of Colorado discovered that when people hold hands their brains synchronise which could have an analgesic effect on the person feeling pain. He has even wondered if empathy can be transferred through touch.
The study, currently published in the Journal of the National Academy of Science, has followed evidence that the skin to skin contact can help reduce the pain babies feel during medical procedures.
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