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My hospital will require continuous fetal monitoring. I have read several articles saying that continuous monitoring can lead to another cesarean. Is this because the monitors have you tethered to the bed and you can't move around to get the baby into an optimal position?
I've been told my hospital has wireless monitoring and you can walk, move and use the labor tub at will. Is this a good thing?
I had CFM when I had my VBAC. Unfortunately my hospital didn't have wireless so I was tethered to the machine. However, my nurse was AMAZING and stayed with me to make sure the monitors stayed put since I refused to stay in the bed. I had to be up and moving to get through my contractions, staying in the bed was like torture. I wish I'd had the option of wireless monitoring.
You could ask for intermittent monitoring instead of continuous. It's not like they can kick you out of the hospital for saying no to the CFM, they'll just be annoyed probably. I chose to go with it because it made me comfortable having it, but other women don't want it.
I think the wireless would be GREAT. That's a large part of continuous monitoring being an issue, the tethered aspect. I didn't know any options, so I got it when I was laboring with Eric, and I had to basically call a nurse any time I wanted to go to the bathroom... I will definitely be asking for intermittent monitoring this time, or wireless if they've got it.
I was "supposed" to have CFM...but my nurse was AWESOME! I spent most of my labor in the shower but she made me pop out every once in a while for a check...then she made me lay down in bed for a while to get a good read every couple of hours. Hope it goes ok for you and they are a bit slack.
I had wireless CEFM with my daughter and HATED it. The belts bothered me during contractions. Every time I would get in a good spot for dealing with contractions, the nurse would come running in demanding that I let her adjust the belt bc they lost the baby's hb. Part of the reason CEFM leads to cesareans is the tethering issue. But the larger concern is that almost all babies experience decels at some point. When your provider or hospital is already watching you for ANY reason to go for the c/s, the CEFM WILL give it to them. Part of my plan for avoiding the EFM is just to stay home as long as I can. Once I get to the hospital, I will NOT consent to CEFM. I know it will piss everyone off, but ultimately they can "require" whatever they want, you always have the right to informed refusal. But they won't admit it unless you demand your rights. Don't ASK for intermittent monitoring. TELL them that is what you are comfortable with.
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