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No Food, No Drink During Labor? NO WAY!

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Although research shows that routine and unnecessary interference in the natural process of labor and birth is not likely to be beneficial—and may indeed be harmful—most U.S. births today are intervention-intensive. Avoid restrictions to eating and drinking during labor to help improve your chances for a safe and healthy birth! Part of the #Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices.

1 Declercq, E.R., Sakala, C., Corry, M.P., Applebaum, S., Herrlich, A. (2013, May). Listening to Mothers III: Pregnancy and Birth. New York: Childbirth Connection. Retrieved from transform.childbirthconnection­.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/0­6/LTM-III_Pregnancy-and-Birth.­pdf

2 Singata, M., Tranmer, J., Gyte, G.M.L. (2013). Restricting oral fluid and food intake falling on labor. [Abstract]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 8. Art. No.: CD003930. DOI: summaries.cochrane.org/CD00393­0/eating-and-drinking-in-labou­r Show less
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The core of Lamaze education are the Six Healthy Birth Practices. Watch these evidence-based videos to discover how you can increase your chances of having a safe and healthy birth. And find out more at our website, www.lamaze.org
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