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October 26th, 2011, 06:07 PM
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but what is the purpose or reason for foregoing fetal monitoring during labor/delivery (particularly at a hospital)? I don't mean to sound like I think it's stupid or anything like that.... I literally just don't know why someone would forego that because I don't see it as being harmful to the baby? Like I said, I am in no way attempting to be disrespectful to someone else's birthing choices.
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October 26th, 2011, 06:14 PM
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In some hospitals you can only be monitored if you are laying in bed. If you are attempting a Natural Child birth you don't want to be stuck in on position in a bed.
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October 26th, 2011, 06:22 PM
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^Ditto. It impedes movement and comfort. I don't birth in a hospital, but at home, I move a lot in labor. It would be kind of sucky to have a monitor on constantly and the wireless ones can be a big pain from what I've read. My midwife checks with a doppler on a regular basis and it works well for me.
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October 26th, 2011, 06:24 PM
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Yea, I think its because with most monitors you aren 't as mobile as some would like. I think i'd rather be able to walk around, go on the birthing ball and in the jacuzzi tub if i am going to drug free then be stuck in bed.
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October 26th, 2011, 06:29 PM
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hmmm... Interesting, I didn't even think of that! Good to know!!!
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October 26th, 2011, 06:35 PM
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<< Would rather be stuck in bed I am weird & like the monitors.. it's really neat because you can see the lines go up BEFORE you feel the contractions, so my hubby would be like, "it's coooooooooming, get ready!" LOL. And sure enough, the contraction would come! And then the line would go down, and hubby would go, "Okay, it's going away now." And I would start feeling relief.

I am weird, I know.
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October 26th, 2011, 07:17 PM
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good question! I wouldn't have known
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October 26th, 2011, 07:23 PM
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October 26th, 2011, 07:49 PM
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Same here, good question. I did not even know about this.
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October 26th, 2011, 08:56 PM
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I think I'd punch my husband if he told me every time a contraction was starting. LOL!
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October 26th, 2011, 09:18 PM
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I think I'd punch my husband if he told me every time a contraction was starting. LOL!

LOL... I think I'd definitely have a "shoot the messenger" situation on my hands
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October 26th, 2011, 09:39 PM
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I kinda like knowing that way I can get prepared mentally for it
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October 26th, 2011, 09:52 PM
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I think I'd punch my husband if he told me every time a contraction was starting. LOL!
Noooooooo lol, it really helped me because I could mentally prepare for it in advance
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October 26th, 2011, 09:53 PM
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Thanks for asking Alissa!
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October 26th, 2011, 11:26 PM
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I had them on with DD but this time around I think I may ask not to since I found them to be annoying. It was nice to hear her heart beat through out but I want to be able to move more this time
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October 27th, 2011, 01:38 AM
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Once you get the epidural you have to stay on the monitors, but here they only check every hour or so with a doppler and then they will put you on the bigger monitor for 20 mins or so every so often just to see how baby is coping with the contractions.
It is very uncomfortable being stuck in bed imo, and i think that if i had no pain relief i would be very peed off having to lie down for a long time.
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October 27th, 2011, 05:44 AM
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I was induced with Aidan and was put on the monitor, but I think if I wanted to get up and walk around, it wouldn't have been a problem to take the monitors off to walk around and than put them back on when I was back in bed. but it makes sense for a natural birth not to have those!
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October 27th, 2011, 08:47 AM
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Not only that, but they can detect if contractions are causing stress on baby; for example dropping of heart rate with each contraction could signal a cord being caught or whatever the case may be...I use to look at them after each contraction to track how close I was getting to birth. The longer and stronger, the closer I am.

Midwives can tell too without the machine just by monitoring your labor progression and other clues...
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