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Henci Goer

Cardiotocography (Electronic Fetal Monitoring) in labor: a house built on sand

  • Speaker: Henci Goer , BA
  • Presentation Type:
  • Duration: 45 Mins
  • Credits: .75 CERP, .75 Nursing CEU, .75 CME, .1 Midwifery CEU

By keeping continuous track of the fetal heart rate during labor, cardiotocography (CTG), also known as electronic fetal monitoring, was supposed to prevent brain injury due to inadequate oxygenation and reduce emergent deliveries for suspected distress. This presentation will lay out the evidence documenting its failure to deliver on either count along with the reasons why its use persists despite this. In addition it will recommend evidence-based and “good practice” strategies during labor for minimizing the likelihood of nonreassuring fetal heart rate as well as optimal fetal monitoring practices for low- and at-risk women.