Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Snacking during labor is ok

The British Medical Journal has published a study saying that snacking during labor is ok. I have never really understood the reasoning behind why it wouldn't be anyways. I know that the reasoning is aspiration if under general anesthesia but a general is used so infrequently anymore that it just isn't necessary to starve women in labor anymore. Not allowing a woman to eat while in labor is like asking a marathon runner or triathlete to fast the morning of a race. Hopefully hospitals will take a look at this study and consider changing their antiquated views on labor and childbirth.

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