Clarification: (on this post.) I am NOT against all forms of fetal monitoring. I am against continuous electronic fetal monitoring— the kind that requires you to stay in bed. The kind that has been proven in study after study after study in the past two decades to have NO improvement in fetal outcome compared to the use of the humble fetoscope, and that, in fact, the machine is more likely to be wrong than a human ear.
The electronic fetal monitor expanded the nurse-to-mother ratio from 1:1 to 2:1… essentially now multiple mothers could be monitored simultaneously.
And, hello? It requires the mother to stay in bed! Birth demands movement. A woman moves and sways as her body tells her to- often automatically adjusting to beneficial positions for the current state of her labor without her even realizing it. The body is amazing!
No matter how you slice it, I’m against continuous electronic fetal monitoring.
Also- I don’t agree that you can ‘read too much’ or educate yourself too much. I feel like I’m only beginning, and even though some of this stuff can be overwhelming to think about, I believe it is my responsibility to really KNOW what me and this unborn baby are facing in birth. I want to bring this baby into the world in the healthiest way possible– without somebody deciding to break my water and strengthen my contractions or do major abdominal surgery when it’s not 150% necessary. And I need to know what constitutes “necessary” BEFORE I go into labor and have it essentially decided for me.