Saturday, September 8, 2012


Nice! Screwing things into the soft spot of a baby's head would indicate extreme violence against children in any normal context. But during a hospital birth, it's considered "normal and necessary."

Physical pain and torture are only necessary in the minds of the diabolically insane.


Via Carla Hartley

"Did you know that the internal fetal monitor is actually a little spiral sharp pointy thing that SCREWS into the baby's scalp ---or eyelid in my baby's case

Besides the risk of an unnecessary cesarean section , other risks posed to the mother by EFM include her immobilization in bed. Immobilization simultaneously limits changing positions for comfort and causes changes in blood circulation, which
decreases the oxygen supply to the fetus and can lead to abnormal changes in the FHR on the EFM that was applied to detect these changes. Another problem with the use of the EFM is that practitioners have a tendency to focus on it instead of the laboring woman. For these and other reasons, the United States Preventive Services Task Force states that there is some evidence that using EFM on low-risk women in labor might not be indicated. EFM, however, has become an accepted standard of care in many settings in the United States for management of labor. Interestingly, there has not been a reported reduction in perinatal morbidity in the United States with the use of EFM. There is a benefit to using EFM in women with complicated labors, such as those induced or augmented with oxytocin, prolonged labors, vaginal birth after having a cesarean section, abnormal presentation, and twin pregnancy.

Generally the insertion of a fetal scalp electrode is a safe procedure, but it may occasionally cause umbilical cord prolapse or infection due to early amniotomy. Problems could also occur if the electrode or IUPC causes trauma to the eye, fetal vessels, umbilical cord, or placenta. Scalp infections with the herpes virus or group B streptococcus are possible, and concern has been raised regarding the potential for enhancing transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). As with any procedure, the potential benefit of EFM must be weighed against the potential risks.
Nine randomized controlled trials showed that Electronic Foetal Monitoring does not make births safer. Babies are just as safe when someone listens to the foetal heart just after contractions has finished and in the interim between contractions with a Pinard’s stethoscope or a handheld Doppler machine.
– Obstetrics and Gynecological Journal Nelson MD 1996."