This thing was THE most horrible thing to have on my belly while in labor
And despite my 2 attempts to keep it off and telling them that it really wasn’t helping me, that it was really irritating me (while I’m having contractions!)
They kept telling me that I HAD to leave it on
So here’s some info on this so unneccessary, irritating contraption
Per “The Thinking Women’s Guide to a Better Birth” by Henci Goer
“Lights blink, sounds thump, a tracing crawls across an oscilloscope, reams of data transcribe onto graph paper.
It’s mesmerizing. Nobody pays attention to the mother who’s attached to one-not her partner, not the medical staff. Everything centers arount the machine. You would think IT was having the baby.
Fathers sit intently gazing at…the machine. “You’re starting a contraction,” they say, as if she wouldn’t know this on her own. Nurses and doctors come in to tend and scrutinize the machine.”
“As a medical journal editorial commented, “When the requisite randomized controlled trials were finally done, the consensus was striking: routine electronic fetal monitoring confers no demonstrable benefit to the fetus, yet poses a significantly increased risk of operative delivery (e.g., cesarean delivery or forceps) for the woman. Even for high-risk fetuses, evidence of the benefit of electronic monitoring…is lacking.
“After two decades of use, electronic fetal monitoring has not been shown to be superior to intermittent (listening).”