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In this episode of the Birthful Podcast, I talk to Rebecca Dekker of Evidence Based Birth about evidence based labor practices, and specifically about eating and drinking during labor. It turns out that many hospital labor practices are not based on evidence, and can in fact be detrimental to the process. How can you know what is what? Rebecca has the answer.
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What we talked about:
The 3 “legs” of Evidence Based birth
Where did the idea of not eating during labor come from?
What does “risk of aspiration” have to do with being struck by lightning?
Studies show that 80% of women were not allowed to eat during labor
It’s your (low-risk) labor and you can eat if you want to
How can IV fluids affect your baby’s weight?
Handouts to discuss with your care provider
Following the evidence so you don’t have to: inductions for big baby, failure to progress, vitamin-K shot, waterbirth, doulas, fetal monitoring.
Rebecca Dekker is Assistant Professor of Nursing at a research-intensive university in the U.S. She received her Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Kentucky and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Although her academic research career began with a focus on testing treatments for depression in people with heart conditions, Rebecca has built a strong reputation in maternal and child circles for her pioneering work as the founder of Evidence Based Birth®. The mission of Evidence Based Birth is to get research evidence into the hands of mothers and families, inspiring them to make more informed decisions about their care.