Electronic Fetal Monitoring

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).”

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2 thoughts on “Electronic Fetal Monitoring

  1. 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.”

    Just how it happened. My husband was very interested in the machines and all the other medical stuff.

    I recall trying to move around because contractions can be uncomfortable (no surprise there) then when the nurse came in she tells me not to move the monitor has shifted and it not doing its job.

    Well, I did as told.

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