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Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 1998 May;78(1):37-40.

Aspects of food and fluid intake during labour. Policies of midwives and obstetricians in The Netherlands.

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Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Leyenburg Hospital, The Hague, The Netherlands. sies@worldonline.nl

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study outlines the current policies on food and fluid intake during labour in The Netherlands and discusses the pro's and con's of food-restriction.

STUDY DESIGN:

50 midwives and 30 obstetricians were asked about their actual policy on food and fluid-intake during labour.

RESULTS:

A restrictive policy during normal labour is followed by 20% of the midwives and 14% of the obstetricians. About 75% leaves the decision on food and fluid-intake to the women themselves.

CONCLUSIONS:

Despite the non-restrictive policy in The Netherlands, the mortality due to the Mendelson-syndrome is not higher than in countries where a restrictive policy is followed. During normal labour there are no conclusive reasons for food or fluid-restriction. From a metabolic point of view it is hypothesized that the intake of energy-rich substrates may have a positive influence on labour progression. Further study on the subject seems indicated.

PMID:
9605447
DOI:
10.1016/s0301-2115(98)00007-4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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