Is it OK to manipulate the information we share with birthing women about fetal monitoring so they do what we want?
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?