Sudbury Doula Services and Vita Chiropractic and wellness centre are hoping to raise money to go towards wireless fetal monitors for Sudbury's hospital, Health Sciences North (HSN).
The following offers a description of what is currently being practiced at HSN, followed by a description of the mobile monitoring technology:
Electronic Fetal Monitoring (EFM)
Electronic fetal monitoring (EFM), also called cardiotocography (CTG), is when the baby’s heart rate is monitored with an ultrasound machine while the mother’s contractions are monitored with a pressure sensor. Both of these sensors are linked to a recording machine, which shows a print-out or computer screen of the baby’s heart rate and the mother’s contractions shown together, often called EFM tracings. The monitor is assessing the baseline fetal heart rate and how it changes with contractions. It records any increases in the fetal heart rate (accelerations) and any decreases (decelerations), as well as the frequency and duration of the mother’s uterine contractions.
Mobile Electronic Fetal Monitoring
Some hospitals have wireless, waterproof electronic fetal monitors. Unlike traditional fetal monitors, some wireless monitors are water resistant (can be used in the shower) or while the birthing person is labouring in upright, active positions away from a hospital bed.
Movement is integral to the progress of labour. The movement of the hips while walking helps to guide the baby into the pelvic opening, and the swaying of the hips encourages the baby into the optimal position for birth.
Moving or walking can be the perfect tool for pain management — it’s the way your body helps you get through labour
A review of the research confirms it: In some studies, when women were encouraged to walk or change position as they chose in labour, they tended to have shorter labours, more efficient contractions, greater comfort and less need for pain medications. Women who spent at least half of active labour walking were less likely to need forceps or vacuum-assisted births or Caesareans.