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Should women be able to eat in labor?

May 29, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
If you've been with a pregnant woman in labor, you'll note three things: She's in pain, she's tired and she's hungry.Most U.S. hospitals restrict food consumption to reduce choking risk if surgery is required.

Now some experts say women in labor should be allowed to eat.

In a statement, UC San Francisco administrators say food provides hydration, nutrition and stress relief.

The American College of Nurse-Midwives agrees, but the decision should be based on a woman's health and the risk of surgical intervention.

 

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