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Is it safe to eat and drink in labor?  Current research says yes, it is!  Nourishing mothers during labor is very important. However, the medical model of care and the midwifery model of care differ greatly in their practices on how to do it. Here are some links and a video that provide further information.

Links to research on eating and drinking during labor:

Eating and Drinking in Labor-improvingbirth.org

Most healthy women would benefit from light meal during labor-American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Food and Drink During Labor-evidencebasedbirth.com

Eating and drinking in labor- cochrane review

Additional content you may be interested in:

Blog post: Harm vs benefits of obstetric interventions

Handout: Midwifery model of care vs medical model of care

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Rachel has worked as a register nurse (BSN from University of Utah) since 2004 with a work history in Labor and Delivery, NICU and Postpartum Care. She is also the founder of New Beginnings Doula Training which she organized in 2011. When she's not busy being a mother and grandmother, she can be found reading research papers related to some aspect of childbirth.

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