Tuesday, January 26, 2010

More on Eating, Drinking and Labor

This is just a quick post to highlight an article in today's New York Times Health section (by the way, I love getting this free, weekly, via email). The article is called, "In Labor, a Snack or a Sip?", and in it, an obstetrician is quoted giving the same example situation I give in my classes:
'“My own view of this has always been that you could say one shouldn’t eat or drink anything before getting into a car on the same basis, because you could be in an automobile accident and you might require general anesthesia,” said Dr. Marcie Richardson, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Boston, who was not connected to the new study.'
I wonder if more people need emergency general anesthetic after a car accident or during a Cesarean birth?

I imagine this article in the Times was prompted by the recent Cochrane review of the seven-decades-long ban on eating and drinking in labor enforced by many (but not all) hospitals. The review, Restricting Oral Fluid Intake and Food Intake During Labour is available online.

Christina @ Birthing Your Baby
Independent Childbirth Classes for Central Maine
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Blogger Morgan said...

With a really long labor, it is so hard to go without eating or drinking. I went 14 hours after having my water break before I had a c-section with my first baby. No food = even more exhausted mom!

I wish there was a way to be able to eat before a scheduled c-section. I fasted the required time before my 3rd. c-section, but then the c-section was delayed. My 12:30pm c-section didn't happen until after 2pm! I was starving! Sure didn't help with the anxiety.

January 27, 2010 at 3:23 PM  

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