One question I always ask "moms to be" is whether or not they would like to eat and drink during labor. There is a huge divide in care providers on this topic and so some families don't even know it is an option.
I found a great article that outlines the research explaining why we have a culture of no eating and drinking during labor... the practice originated in the 1940s when labor and birth looked a lot different than they do today. The article also reveals recent research and outcomes on eating and drinking during labor today.
The following is a quote from the article - please feel free to click on it and read it in its entirety!
"Everyone going into labor is assumed to be at risk of aspiration because it is not possible to predict who will end up needing a Cesarean surgery under general anesthesia. However, the studies above show that aspiration death is extremely rare in the overall birthing population. This is because so few Cesareans require general anesthesia, and when they do, failed airway management deaths are rare."
Happy informed decision making and happy birthing!