Is eating and drinking in labor safe? Much of our current research actually shows it is. How women are hydrated during labor is one of the differences you will see between the medical model of care and the midwifery model of care.
Links to research on eating and drinking during labor:
Most healthy women would benefit from light meal during labor-American Society of Anesthesiologists
Food and Drink During Labor-evidencebasedbirth.com
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