What else should hospitals offer to laboring moms?
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June 8th, 2007, 02:02 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(quietsong @ Jun 8 2007, 02:23 PM)
<div class='quotemain'>Haha. ITA about the food. To me, if a mother is still at 2-3 cm, refusing food is craziness.[/b]
It is dangerous to eat while in labor. Why is food so important to so many of you(not directed at you, but everyone who mentioned food in this thread)? It's mainly for comfort and energy.. But should you need surgery--which is a very real possibility and can be for very valid reasons(say you hemorrhage and getting the baby out immediately will save your life), you can vomit, aspirate and DIE while on the operating table.
Which is really the lesser of the two evils here? Not eating for a day isn't nearly as dangerous as aspiration.
This is why we have so many medical interventions. Why can't labour be seen as normal in 95% of the cases?
Because in those 5% of cases, something can and will go terribly wrong. You don't know who those people will be, and if you don't take precautions with everyone--the end situation can be dire.
Yes, energy is important in labor--not as important as your life, but yes-important. The fluids you are given during labor help with the fatique as they replace electrolytes and so on. I can't take your link seriously because it is from a natural birthing website. The majority of the medical community believes it to be dangerous to eat while in labor, that counts for something.[/b][/quote]
Energy is VERY important. I was not given food or water, and I had a 31 hour labor. It was the most horrendous thing I have ever gone through. They let me get dehydrated and starved. HOW does being dehydrated and starved help a labor along? IT DOESN'T.
And THAT is why I will be having a midwife and will be giving birth at home for the next child we have.