Ice Chips - Not my choice of fuel for labor
Labor is hard physical work. Most people doing hard physical work get hungry and thirsty. Would an athlete running a marathon not be allowed to drink water? Would a mountain climber be denied a protein bar? Why then are women in labor often restricted to ice chips?
Unfortunately, food and drink is often restricted when giving birth in a hospital. As doulas, we know that this makes no sense. To back this up, there have even been studies to prove this practice isn't justified. Why won't hospitals and care providers make a change and let women eat and drink as THEY choose?
How many times have you heard a nurse list vomiting as a reason for not eating or drinking in labor? I say, if they want to take the risk of "throwing it back up later" then let them. It's their body.
As a childbirth educator, I find myself teaching about current research, but warning students that they will probably have to sneak food and possibly drinks in labor. As a doula, I have been on the lookout for medical personnel while my client was having a snack. How can we stop this restriction on laboring women?