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My name is Natalie. I am a wife, a mother of almost five boys, a doula, and a Hypnobabies Instructor! I'm passionate about childbirth and hope to help women realize the power that is in them to birth more normally and naturally. It's my goal to help women feel confident and comfortable during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Yes, it is possible! It's also amazing, incredible, wonderful, empowering, and life changing.

As a doula, I am a trained professional who understands and trusts the process of birth. I provide continuous care for the laboring mother and her partner. Studies have shown that when doulas attend births, labors are shorter with fewer complications. I attend to women in labor to help ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience in both home and hospital settings. I draw on my knowledge and experience to provide emotional support, physical comfort and, as needed, communication with the other members of your birth team to make sure that you have the information that you need to make informed decisions in labor. I can provide reassurance and perspective to the laboring mother and her partner, make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other techniques for comfort.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Review Finds No Evidence for Restricting Food, Fluid in Labor


Review Finds No Evidence for Restricting Food, Fluid in Labor
Review Finds No Evidence for Restricting Food, Fluid in Labor
(HealthDay News) – For women in labor there is no evidence of benefits or harms of food and fluid restriction, according to research published online Aug. 22 in The Cochrane Library.
Mandisa Singata, RN, from the University of the Witwatersrand/University of Fort Hare/East London Hospital complex in South Africa, and colleagues conducted a systematic literature review to examine the benefits and harms of oral fluid or food restriction during labor. Five randomized controlled trials or quasi-randomized controlled trials, including 3,130 women, compared outcomes for women randomized to food and fluid restriction vs. those who were free to eat.
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"Since the evidence shows no benefits or harms, there is no justification for the restriction of fluids and food in labor for women at low risk of complications," the authors write. "Conflicting evidence on carbohydrate solutions means further studies are needed and it is critical in any future studies to assess women's views."

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