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FETAL SCALP BLOOD SAMPLING

Authors

  • Sally Urang CNM,

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    • Sally Urang, CNM, graduated from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn Midwifery Program in July 1989. She is currently a staff nurse-midwife at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, NY.

  • Lorna Davis CNM, MS,

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    • Lorna Davis, CNM, MS, is an Assistant Professor, Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University Medical School. She graduated from the midwifery program at the School of Nurse-Midwifery, St. Louis University, in 1987. She is the director of Northwestern University Midwifery Service, Chicago. The setting is a level III hospital with full-scope midwifery care.

  • Charlotte (Pixie) Cram Elsberry CNM, MS,

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    • Charlotte (Pixie) Cram Elsberry, CNM, MS, an Associate Clinical Professor at Yale University, is a member of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. She graduated from the School of Nurse-Midwifery, Yale University, in 1965. Her current practice is as Director, Division of Midwifery, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, North Central Bronx Hospital, New York. The setting is a level III hospital with a midwife-run service and full-scope midwifery care.

  • Mary Kay Kozlowski CNP, MSN, CNM

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    • Mary Kay Kozlowski, CNP, MSN, CNM, is a clinical instructor at the State University of New York-Buffalo, Nurse-Practitioner Program. She graduated from the School of Nurse-Midwifery, State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn, in 1979. Her practice is as staff CNM, Health Care Plan (Health Maintenance Organization), Buffalo, NY. The setting is a level 1, university-based hospital, with full-scope CNM care.


ABSTRACT

Fetal scalp blood sampling (FSBS), in conjunction with fetal heart rate monitoring, is a method of fetal surveillance that may avoid cesarean delivery of the healthy fetus or indicate the need for immediate delivery of a compromised fetus. Some researchers have recently begun to question the efficacy of FSBS. In this article, three nurse-midwives discuss FSBS as a tool in assessing fetal well-being during labor and consider whether FSBS is a nurse-midwifery procedure.

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