Can I eat now?

Back in the 1940’s a man named Mendelson found that there was an increased risk of aspirating food or stomach acid during general anesthesia if ones stomach had food or drink in it at the time of said anesthesia. I’m not sure about today, but back when I graduated from nursing school (2001) no eating was allowed if a person was about to have surgery that required anesthesia. It is a practice that was always particularly difficult for me to agree with, especially with laboring women. Labor is hard work and women need nourishment during the process. Low blood sugar makes the whole experience much more difficult. To me it seems a no-brainer. However, the minute a fetal-monitor strip started looking bad (which could mean a c-section in your future) we were instructed to discourage the woman from eating or drinking anything. In fact, there were many nurses who didn’t want any laboring woman to eat or drink. If a laboring woman got one of these nurses, and say they labored for 12 hours and then had a c-section due to complications, it would sometimes be nearly 20 hours before they ate a thing. I always thought that something was wrong. It defied logic. Especially since a body needs nutrients-and lots of them-to heal from surgery.

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Home Delivery. Not Just For Pizza Anymore!

August 31, 2009 was a great day for midwifery and home birth.  Another study was released by the Canadian Medical Association comparing midwife assisted home birth with hospital birth.

Interpretation: Planned home birth attended by a registered midwife was associated with very low and comparable rates of perinatal death and reduced rates of obstetric interventions and other adverse perinatal outcomes compared with planned hospital birth attended by a midwife or physician.

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