Study says child birth pain not as painful as women claim Posted: Oct 15, 2014 10:30 AM EDT <em class="wnDate">Wednesday, October 15, 2014 10:30 AM EDT</em>Updated: Oct 16, 2014 2:21 PM EDT <em class="wnDate">Thursday, October 16, 2014 2:21 PM EDT</em> Don't shoot the messenger on this one but a new study says the intensity of childbirth may not be as painful for as long as moms remember. The study comes from the Open University of Israel. Researchers say 320 moms participated in the study and were asked to rank their pain from one (no pain) to 100 (worst pain imaginable) every 20 minutes while in labor. The researchers then called the moms twice, two days after birth and again two months later, to see if they used the same pain scale and provide an overall evaluation of her labor pain. The results show the women rated the process less painful two days after their delivery than they did when the researchers asked them again two months later. According to the researchers, they conclude that moms are likely to forget all the points during labor that aren't quite as painful and just focus on the moments that were the most painful. The reason for the study? To determine if an epidural is helpful for moms. According EurekAlert, an online science source sponsored by The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the results showed that moms who received epidurals had comparable levels of pain when labor. However, the moms remembered less pain even though their pain lasted much longer. Click here for more from EurekAlert .