BBL 081: Is Fetal Monitoring Really Saving Babies?

Continuous electronic fetal monitoring has been one of the darlings of modern maternity care – hailed as an invention for saving babies. But has it lived up to that fanfare? Is EFM really helping save babies or prevent brain damage? The evidence is out – and today we talk about the bottom line on this expensive and restrictive technology.

Topics I Cover in This Podcast:

  • Understanding the different kinds of fetal monitoring
  • Why the results of fetal monitoring studies were originally hidden
  • What we discovered when the research was let out
  • How continuous fetal monitoring can endanger mothers and babies
  • Why the hypothesis behind EFM / CTG is flawed (plus what that means for babies)
  • How to monitor baby if EFM is not used
  • Why midwives and nurses are key to birth and baby safety
  • You'll have a much clearer understanding of one of the biggest myths of modern birth!

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Does Fetal Monitoring Really Save Babies?

About the author 


Kristen is childbirth educator, student midwife, and a mama to 8 - all born naturally! She has spent years helping mamas have healthy babies, give birth naturally, and enjoy the adventure of motherhood. Find her on her website and helping families through her online childbirth class

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