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THE IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY ON HEALTH CARE—THE CHILDBEARING CENTER: A CASE FOR TECHNOLOGY'S APPROPRIATE USE

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  • Ruth Watson Lubic C.N.M.

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    • Ruth Watson Lubic is General Director of the Maternity Center Association, New York, and a graduate of the nurse-midwifery program at Downstate Medical Center SUNY, formerly operated by the association. After attending the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia, she received her BS and MA from Columbia University, where she is a doctoral candidate in applied anthropology. She is a charter member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.


Ruth Watson Lubic, General Director, Maternity Center Association, 48 East 92nd Street, New York, New York 10028.

ABSTRACT

Use of fetal electronic monitoring is examined as an example of the incursion of technology into the childbearing experience. Such technology is rapidly introduced and widely applied even though randomized clinical trials have failed to justify its generalized use. Some families have reacted by turning away from traditional in-hospital maternity care. To meet their needs, an out-of-hospital childbearing center has been opened with an emphasis on the psychologic aspects of childbearing and a minimum of technologic intervention. Experience has shown that high-quality, safe maternity care can be provided in this setting.

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