It’s been 4 days since the American Society of Anesthesiologists put out a bomb of a press release saying that women in labor would benefit from a light meal! This is HUGE news from the group who has always been the major stumbling block preventing eating in labor. We could not be more excited that they finally realize that making women essentially run a marathon on an empty stomach is NOT a good idea.
Lamaze International has been trying to push this change for years, and the great Sharon Muza even wrote this amazing article pointing out that just because they released a statement on the fact that research supports this does NOT mean that there has been a policy change for anesthesiologists as of yet. There has always been evidence supporting the fact that women should be allowed to eat and drink during labor. There has always been push back from childbirth educators & doulas who KNOW the research and have never understood the policy’s lack of reflection of this research. It’s also important for you to understand that there is a typical time lag of YEARS between the publication of research and revision to evidence-based policies.
This is what we want you to know: We, as the Doula Group of Evansville will be pushing for change here locally. We WANT the local hospitals to practice evidence-based medicine and be on the cutting edge of putting policies in place that reflect that. We firmly believe that evidence-based practice is the best thing for both mothers and babies when it comes to childbirth and immediately afterward. We WILL be asking the anesthesiologists that we encounter what they plan to do regarding eating during labor every. Single. Time. We see them. We want to see change happen NOW, not years from now.
What can you do? Push for change for yourself! Bring the evidence up in your appointments with your provider. Send a letter to the hospital talking about how you would like this evidence to be put into practice immediately. If you don't know who to contact or what to say, let us help you. We love to help; We're doulas after all!