Eating and Drinking in Labour

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Eating and drinking in labour is a controversial subject, with policies varying widely amongst practitioners. Historically, eating has been discouraged during labour, but today, there is an increasing trend of allowing patients to eat and drink as they wish.

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Given the lack of high-quality research, the issue of whether patients should eat and drink in labour remains controversial. However, for low-risk patients, current research suggests that there is little risk of harm in eating and drinking as labour progresses, and patients should be free to do as they desire.


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Anne Watkins
Anne is a freelance lecturer and medical writer at Mind Body Ink. She is a former midwife and nurse teacher with over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of healthcare, stress management and medical hypnosis. Her background includes working as a hospital midwife, Critical Care nurse, lecturer in Neonatal Intensive Care, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for a company making life support equipment. Anne has also studied many forms of complementary medicine and has extensive experience in the field of clinical hypnosis. She has a special interest in integrating complementary medicine into conventional healthcare settings and is currently an Associate Tutor, lecturing in Health Coaching and Medical Hypnosis at Exeter University in the UK. As a former Midwife, Anne has a natural passion for writing about fertility, pregnancy, birthing and baby care. Her recent publications include The Health Factor, Coach Yourself To Better Health and Positive Thinking For Kids. You can read more about her work at
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03 Aug 2021
Great resource to reinforce knowledge of the subject.
Dan Alminaza
17 Jun 2020
The srguments raised in this reading was really insightful. Had a lot of fun reading this since the topic is so new to me.
Karen Young
05 Feb 2021
I liked that the article refers our practice back to he woman as they know their bodies needs more than us
Monique Vermeulen
15 Aug 2020
great article
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Alexandra Roche
23 Jun 2020
interesting article - hopefully more research can be done in this area.
Shelly Halim
20 Jun 2023
Easy read
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08 Jul 2020
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