RESPONSES OF LABORING WOMEN TO FETAL HEART RATE MONITORING

A Critical Review of the Literature

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  • Susan Holmes Snydal CNM, MS

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    • Susan Holmes Snydal was graduated from San Jose State University in 1980 with a B.S. in nursing and from the University of California San Francisco/ University of California San Diego Intercampus Graduate Studies Program in 1988 with a M.S. in nurse-midwifery. She is currently associated as a nurse-midwife with a small birth center in Mountain View, California.


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ABSTRACT

Authors of 13 studies agreed that women generally felt positively about the method of fetal monitoring they experienced during labor, whether intermittent auscultation (AUS) or electronic fetal monitoring (EFM). Advantages and disadvantages of both AUS and EFM are discussed. Limitations of the research are discussed, and clinical suggestions are given for ways the nurse-midwife can accent the advantages and minimize the disadvantages of whatever method is chosen.

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