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Effect of Fluid Oral Intake During Labour

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Osvaldo A. Reyes T., Saint Thomas Hospital, Panama Identifier:
First received: May 5, 2011
Last updated: February 17, 2013
Last verified: February 2013
Fasting during labour is a usual conduct in many hospitals around the world (due to the theorical risk of bronchoaspiration). There is little evidence supporting this conclusion. Besides, there are several studies that suggest that food intake during labour can be associated with shorter labours and a lower cesarean rate. The aim of the investigators study is to show if the oral intake of fluids during labour can reduce the first stage of labour with minimum risk to the patient.

Condition Intervention
Labor Procedure: Diet Procedure: Fasting

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Fluid Oral Intake vs. Fasting During Labour: A Randomized, Controlled Trial.

Further study details as provided by Osvaldo A. Reyes T., Saint Thomas Hospital, Panama:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Duration of labour (measured in minutes from admission to delivery) [ Time Frame: Two months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of cesarean sections due to prolonged second stage of labour (measured in number of cases). [ Time Frame: Two months ]
  • Number of cases of bronchoaspiration. [ Time Frame: Two months ]

Enrollment: 348
Study Start Date: September 2011
Study Completion Date: October 2011
Primary Completion Date: October 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Oral intake of fluids
Intake of oral fluids during labour.
Procedure: Diet
Oral intake of fluids during labour, from admission (dose: two cups of 8 ounces each of clear tea with little sugar).
Placebo Comparator: Fasting
No intake of oral fluids during labour.
Procedure: Fasting
No intake of fluids during labour.


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Gestational age > 37 weeks.
  • Cervical dilation < 5 cms.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Maternal pathologies (diabetes, heart disease, preeclampsia)
  • Breech presentation or any other condition that is an indication of cesarean section.
  • Premature rupture of membranes.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01349686

Saint Thomas Hospital
Panama, Panama
Sponsors and Collaborators
Saint Thomas Hospital, Panama
Principal Investigator: Jorge Espinosa, Resident Saint Thomas Hospital, Panama
Principal Investigator: Osvaldo Reyes, Doctor Saint Thomas Hospital, Panama
  More Information

Responsible Party: Osvaldo A. Reyes T., Coordinator of Research, Saint Thomas Hospital, Panama Identifier: NCT01349686     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MHST2011-03
Study First Received: May 5, 2011
Last Updated: February 17, 2013

Keywords provided by Osvaldo A. Reyes T., Saint Thomas Hospital, Panama:
Labor processed this record on September 21, 2017