Leslie M. Ludka received her B.S.N. from Boston University School of Nursing and her M.S.N. and C.N.M. from Yale University School of Nursing. She is currently in clinical practice at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, with a faculty appointment to Harvard University Medical School.
EATING AND DRINKING IN LABOR
A Literature Review
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
1993 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 38, Issue 4, pages 199–207, July-August 1993
How to Cite
Ludka, L. M. and Roberts, C. C. (1993), EATING AND DRINKING IN LABOR. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 38: 199–207. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(93)90003-Y
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
This literature review questions the routine practice of denying food and fluids to women in labor. Fasting in labor, an established practice throughout the United States since the 1940s, is now under careful scrutiny. Many clinical practices, especially those that offer midwifery services, are currently instituting policies to allow and encourage eating and drinking in normal labor. To date, there have been no reported rises in maternal mortality with this policy change; neither have there been any reports of detrimental outcomes for mother or infant.