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Uniquely human 'pain of altruism' recruits help in childbirth
Among all the costs of childbirth – routine obstetric care and complications, midwife fees and gratuities, hospital bills longer than the baby itself – pregnant women can expect another "cost," not covered by insurance or experienced by other animal species: high-decibel labor pain and a lengthy recovery, which Cornell psychologist Barbara L. Finlay calls the "pain of altruism."