n South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Assessing the preference of women for different methods of monitoring the fetal heart in labour : research article
|Article Title||Assessing the preference of women for different methods of monitoring the fetal heart in labour : research article|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology|
|Author||L. Mangesi, G.J. Hofmeyr and D.L. Woods|
|Publication Date||Aug 2009|
|Pages||58 - 59|
Objective. To assess which of three different methods of monitoring the fetal heart in labour was preferred by labouring women.
Method. Ninety-nine women in the first stage of labour were enrolled into a prospective clinical study to compare their preference for fetal monitoring with a Pinard fetal stethoscope, an innovative wind-up Doppler ultrasound fetal heart rate monitor, and cardiotocography.
Result. Significantly more women preferred the fetal heart rate monitor to the other two methods (p=0.001).
Conclusion. Intermittent auscultation of the fetal heart during labour with a fetal monitor is more acceptable to labouring women than monitoring with a Pinard fetal stethoscope or a cardiotocograph.
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