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August 20th, 2007, 11:40 AM
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why or why not? im sitting here going through the "what if" scenarios and wondered what will i do if the baby's heartrate started dropping or rising, what could i do to calm it, but then i thought about how many moms are now doing the "no fetal monitoring"....why? what are the pros and cons?
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August 20th, 2007, 12:38 PM
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i'ts somewhat normal for the baby's heartrate to rise and fall with contractions (as long as it's not too drastic). The main problem with constant monitoring is that it leads you and the doctors to believe there's a problem when there may not be one. A lot of the time when you hear about the dramatic heartrate problems that lead to cesareans it's due to drugs/epidural/mom-on-her-back scenarios. Also, constant monitoring generally means you are stuck in bed.

If the doula doesn't have one you can get a fetascope for relatively inexpensive so you can monitor the baby during your at-home labor.

Another cause for heartrate problems is having the cord tangled around the baby's neck or being squished. often that can be helped by changing positions to help the baby readjust. Your Doula will know if the heartrate problems need attention.

I don't expect you'll see much of it at home anyway.
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August 20th, 2007, 02:51 PM
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i'ts somewhat normal for the baby's heartrate to rise and fall with contractions (as long as it's not too drastic). The main problem with constant monitoring is that it leads you and the doctors to believe there's a problem when there may not be one. A lot of the time when you hear about the dramatic heartrate problems that lead to cesareans it's due to drugs/epidural/mom-on-her-back scenarios. Also, constant monitoring generally means you are stuck in bed.

If the doula doesn't have one you can get a fetascope for relatively inexpensive so you can monitor the baby during your at-home labor.

Another cause for heartrate problems is having the cord tangled around the baby's neck or being squished. often that can be helped by changing positions to help the baby readjust. Your Doula will know if the heartrate problems need attention.

I don't expect you'll see much of it at home anyway.[/b]

Ya that , my reasons in a nutshell , plus with a VBAC they will be so ready for something to go wrong anyway that any lil rise in babies heart rate will just add to their doom scenarios .
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