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Perinatal brain injury

What about CTG monitoring for VBAC?

One of the questions I am often asked about is what research says is the best approach to fetal heart rate monitoring for a woman who has previously had one (or possibly more) caesarean births in the past and plans a vaginal birth this time around. There is no simple answer to this question, so it is one I have avoided writing about. Up until now. A new piece of […]

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New horizons for fetal monitoring: Photoacoustic assessment of the fetal brain and placenta

There is increasing recognition that CTG monitoring hasn’t delivered on its promise to accurately identify the fetus who would benefit from early birth, and therefore has failed to improve perinatal outcomes. This has opened a space for researchers to begin to investigate novel approaches that might prove to be a better tool than the CTG. One of these novel technologies is photo-acoustic assessment. Kang and colleagues from Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, […]

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