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Updated: Evidence & Eating During Labor, with Rebecca Dekker
The Birthful Podcast: Episode #104
It’s been nearly two years since I first spoke with Rebecca Dekker from Evidence Based Birth about eating and drinking during labor, and the importance of evidence based information and practices. Recently, Rebecca and her team updated their article on the evidence of “Eating and Drinking During Labor” and -not so surprisingly- not only does the previous evidence still hold, but there is further data support it. This is great news for laboring mamas- but you’ll have to listen until the end to get the nitty-gritty on the update. Along the way, you’ll also hear about what constitutes evidence based care, and why it’s important. (Hint: many hospital labor practices are not based on evidence, and can in fact be detrimental to the process.) Listen to find out how you can know what is what.
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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?
Updated handouts to discuss with your care provider
What’s changed since 2015
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Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, received her Master of Science in Nursing and her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Kentucky. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Dr. Dekker has built a strong reputation in maternal and infant health circles for her pioneering work as the founder of Evidence Based Birth.® The mission of Evidence Based Birth® is to promote evidence based care by putting the research evidence about childbirth into the hands of families and professionals, helping change maternity care from the inside out.