Electronic Fetal Monitoring

MAYDAY Series: Ref #3 ~ Data Bite on the Frequent Disagreements btw professionals on Interpretation of EFM strips

by faithgibson May 26, 2019

Synopsis: Disagreement btw obstetricians on EFM data whether an emergent C-section is needed and studies in which obstetricians disagreed with their original conclusion when provided with the very same monitor strip 6 months later. The other ‘elephant’ in the room when interpreting c-EFM data is the incredible lack of agreement between obstetricians over the data being streamed […]

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MAYDAY Series: Ref #2 ~ A Quick History of Fetal Monitoring as a Verb: Auscultation ~ and names of physician-inventors

by faithgibson May 26, 2019

A quick history of fetal monitoring: Auscultation ~ verbs, nouns, and names of physician-inventors The first person to report hearing the sound of an unborn baby’s heartbeat was a 17th century physician by the name of Dr. Marsac. A contemporary of his, a Dr. Killian, was the first to ponder the possibility that the rate and rhythm […]

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MAYDAY Series: Ref #1 ~ EFM as a Public Health Screening Program: The Arithmetic of Failure” by Dr David Grimes

by faithgibson May 26, 2019

A “Must Read” as part of our Mayday 2019 series Re-posted from: American College of  Community Midwives (ACCM)   A professional organization for Community Midwives Easy-to-copy-&-share link ~ https://tinyurl.com/y3d2dgus “EFM as a Public Health Screening Program: The Arithmetic of Failure” by Dr David Grimes EXCERPTS & Commentary for mothers, midwives & others NOTE: The full PDF […]

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MAYDAY Series: The Me-3 Movement ~ An Action Plan to end use of inappropriate, ineffective & potentially-dangerous obstetrical practices that are current obstetrical standard for healthy women with normal pregnancies (ex. routine use c-EFM; asssc. increased in C-sections, etc)

by faithgibson May 17, 2019

Easy-2-share link to this post: https://tinyurl.com/y53plzej Mayday Series ~ Chapter 5 The Me-3 movement: a new political action platform for dealing with women’s biology and reproductive health issues: Standing on the shoulders of the Me-2 movement to launch Me-3: A contemporary women’s movement specifically related to exposing and combating inappropriate gender-related issues relative to sexual […]

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MAYDAY Series ~ Routine use of EFM as failed public health strategy — Trying to build a better mousetrap instead of building a better foundation

by faithgibson May 14, 2019

Trying to build a better mousetrap instead of building a better foundation During the 1970s, EFM became the de facto standard for obstetrical care in the US and without any scientific foundation, completely replace simple regular auscultation with the near universal use of continuous electronic fetal monitoring. As noted in the many studies quoted above, the universal use […]

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