News Alert! I have now published a free, printable practice bulletin about fetal monitoring that can be used to start discussion between care providers and consumers.
What is a printable practice bulletin? Printable practice bulletins are short versions of posts from my blog. They are written in the language of healthcare providers. My hope is that consumers can use these handouts to discuss evidence-based practice with healthcare providers. You have my permission to print this content to share with your care provider. If you are a childbirth educator or doula, you have my permission to print this content to use as handouts for your clients. You have my permission to share this content online (un-altered, in PDF format) or links to this content from other websites. I only require that with any use, you reference my name and website as listed on the file (these practice bulletins are copyrighted), and do not alter the contents of the file at all.
What is the take-home point of this newest printable practice bulletin?
In summary, evidence clearly demonstrates that the best option for most women and babies is intermittent auscultation. Continuous EFM increases the risk of C-section and vacuum delivery and does not improve neonatal outcomes. Routine use of continuous EFM and “admission strip” EFM is not supported by best medical evidence.
To download the NEW printable practice bulletin on fetal monitoring, click here!
For a list of available printable practice bulletins (ranging from water birth to IV fluids during labor), click here.
For a testimonial about a first-time mother’s quest for evidence-based fetal monitoring, click here.
For the original Evidence Based Birth article on evidence-based fetal monitoring, click here.
What other printable practice bulletins would you like to see published? What has been your favorite bulletin so far?