OB Interventions: Dubious or Detrimental

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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Mayday Series: Invention of electronic automated Fetal Monitors and Displacement of Auscultation

by faithgibson May 11, 2019

Part 2 of previous day’s post on the History of Fetal Monitoring as a Verb: The invention of electronic automated fetal monitors and its displacement of Auscultation With the clarity of hindsight, we now know that just recording the one-minute fetal baseline rate was not sufficient to identify subtle indicators of fetal distress. In the decades before […]

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Mayday! EFM ~The Glue that keeps Hospital Corporations & Obstetrical profession joined at the hip despite the technology’s lack of efficacy & assoc. increase in C-sections

by faithgibson May 9, 2019

Routine EFM, Hospitals economics & the Nancy Reagan “Just Say No” policy of just saying no changing a Standard of Care that is harmful to healthy women with low-risk pregnancies The professional journal publications quoted in this series of posts and many other peer-reviewed articles clearly convey the obvious: The routine use of continuous EFM […]

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Mayday! Chapter 4 ~ A Call to all Americans to fix a problem that’s wasting millions of healthcare dollars & results in preventable maternal deaths

by faithgibson May 7, 2019

Chapter 4 ~ American obstetrics in the 21st century: conundrums, ethical dilemmas, irrational dichotomies & skyrocketing C-section rates Tiny URL ~  https://tinyurl.com/y48tcu6g But first, a brief recap of Chapter 3: As described in great detail in Chapter 3, in the centuries before modern obstetrics became available, childbirth in America was a grim and depressing story. […]

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Mayday! Chapter 3 ~ A Call to all Americans to fix a problem that’s wasting millions of healthcare dollars & results in preventable maternal deaths

by faithgibson May 5, 2019

Easy-to-share link:  https://tinyurl.com/y3rbgdet Chapter 3 But first, a brief synopsis of chapter 2 Obstetrics — Before and after the rise of modern medical science Scientific obstetrics remains one of the most important medical miracles of all times. Before childbearing women and newborns had access to modern obstetrical medicine and equipped hospitals, simply being a childbearing […]

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