#75 | Fetal Monitoring and Fetal Distress with Midwife-Author Amy Romano
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#75 | Fetal Monitoring and Fetal Distress with Midwife-Author Amy Romano
Jan 20, 2021 Season 2 Episode 75
Cynthia Overgard & Trisha Ludwig & Amy Romano

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To monitor or not monitor: that is the question.  More specifically, how to best monitor your baby in labor without causing undue worry and intervention is the question of today's episode.  Author, midwife, and researcher Amy Romano MBA, MSN, CNM tells us that a large body of evidence on fetal heart rate monitoring indicates that we are likely looking for and finding problems that don't actually exist when it comes your baby's heartbeat in labor.  And there is a significant cost to both mom and baby including higher rates of cesarean section, more forcep and vacuum deliveries and fewer vaginal births.  In today's episode you will learn:

1. The difference between Intermittent Auscultation (IA) and Continuous Electronic Fetal Monitoring.

2. The evidence or lack thereof to support Continuous Electronic Fetal Monitoring (CEFM) and the risks of EFM.

3. How to ask your hospital and care provider for Intermittent Auscultation for fetal monitoring in labor.

Amy Romano MBA, MSN, CNM

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