Nancy R. Hazle, CNM, received her midwifery education and MSN(R) from St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO. She is currently a Program Instructor in the Maternal-Newborn Nursing/Nurse-Midwifery Program at Yale University.
HYDRATION IN LABOR: Is Routine Intravenous Hydration Necessary?
Version of Record online: 6 JAN 2011
1986 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 31, Issue 4, pages 171–176, July-August 1986
How to Cite
Hazle, N. R. (1986), HYDRATION IN LABOR: Is Routine Intravenous Hydration Necessary?. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 31: 171–176. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(86)90069-8
- Issue online: 6 JAN 2011
- Version of Record online: 6 JAN 2011
Many clinicians can list the reasons why use of the intravenous (IV) line for hydration became common in the laboring woman. The harmful effects of IVs are less well-known, particularly to the neonate and the cardiovascular system of the laboring woman. This paper examines the routine use of IVs, particularly when it is initiated secondary to mild ketonuria, without any other sign of dehydration. Also suggested is that the laboring woman's needs for nutrients more closely resemble that of an athlete rather than a passive surgical patient. Implications for practice and suggestions for further research complete this paper.