Stimulating conversation: does cold water wake babies in utero? Part 1

Thinking Outside the Box drink“The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) library recently responded to a question about whether there was any evidence about the practice of offering a cold drink to a pregnant woman in order to encourage fetal movement or improve the reactivity of a cardiotocograph (CTG) trace. Their search highlighted a dearth of research into this common practice, which led me to have a number of conversations with midwives and other practitioners about their experience of this. In the first of two articles on this topic, I explain the theory and describe the range of responses that emerged in these discussions. Overall, the majority of respondents were open to using this practice in certain situations, but they felt it vital that it was used within a framework of providing individualised care and applying common sense.”

Thanks to The Practising Midwife, here’s the article: Stimulating conversation part 1, with part two to follow next month.

1 comment for “Stimulating conversation: does cold water wake babies in utero? Part 1

  1. Emma Peden
    December 7, 2015 at 6:06 am

    Sara,
    Very interesting read. I am a Grad Dip Midwifery student and when I saw and heard my senior colleagues offering Mother’s cold drinks and biscuits I just thought “what lovely hospitality”! However, I have also head Senior midwives state on the phone when talking to a post dates trace woman to “eat something before coming in.” I am looking forward to your Part 2!!!

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