Don’t assume that because something is standard practice in your part of the world that it is based in sound evidence.
If fetal movement monitoring on its own doesn’t work, will adding a blood test to it improve outcomes?
It is heartening to see that care is being taken to ensure that rigorous research is being done before introducing a new test into practice.
Research published this week by Chuey, De Vries, Dal Cin, and Low (2020) explored facilitators and barriers to the use of intermittent auscultation (IA) rather than intrapartum CTG monitoring. The authors pointed out that: Despite evidence-based guidelines from professional associations recommending IA, and warning against the use of continuous monitoring, healthy individuals in labour are rarely monitored intermittently. The harms of routine EFM use are well established, yet it continues […]
Does teaching women to focus on the movements of the fetus prevent stillbirth, or does it create a new set of problems?