Tuesday, March 24, 2009

BMJ says eat during labor

A study released today in the prestigious British Medical Journal may help to put to rest (finally), the controversy surrounding whether or not laboring women should be allowed to eat in labor!

The previous study done in 1976 was the standard siting Mendelson's Syndrome as a reason for not allowing snacks during labor.

While not a large study (only 2426 participants), the outcomes showed no significant outcomes as far as risks for eating or not eating during labor.

This is a truly significant study for all nurses, midwives, physicians, doulas and childbirth educators to embrace!

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