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Aspects of food and fluid intake during labour. Policies of midwives and obstetricians in The Netherlands.
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PMID:  9605447     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: This study outlines the current policies on food and fluid intake during labour in The Netherlands and discusses the pro's and con's of food-restriction. STUDY DESIGN: 50 midwives and 30 obstetricians were asked about their actual policy on food and fluid-intake during labour. RESULTS: A restrictive policy during normal labour is followed by 20% of the midwives and 14% of the obstetricians. About 75% leaves the decision on food and fluid-intake to the women themselves. CONCLUSIONS: Despite the non-restrictive policy in The Netherlands, the mortality due to the Mendelson-syndrome is not higher than in countries where a restrictive policy is followed. During normal labour there are no conclusive reasons for food or fluid-restriction. From a metabolic point of view it is hypothesized that the intake of energy-rich substrates may have a positive influence on labour progression. Further study on the subject seems indicated.
H C Scheepers; G G Essed; F Brouns
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology     Volume:  78     ISSN:  0301-2115     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Obstet. Gynecol. Reprod. Biol.     Publication Date:  1998 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-07-17     Completed Date:  1998-07-17     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375672     Medline TA:  Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol     Country:  IRELAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  37-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Leyenburg Hospital, The Hague, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Energy Intake
Health Policy*
Labor, Obstetric*

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