We have covered and shared a lot of fetal monitoring research over the years. But. as one of our lovely Gathering in the Knowledge online course participants helpfully pointed out, we don’t have a page which brings this information together.
Well, now we do!
With grateful thanks to our colleague for bringing this to our attention, here’s a list of resources available on the site. We hope this will make your surfing and sharing easier.
Please be aware that this isn’t a comprehensive list of everything out there on this topic. Fetal monitoring is a controversial area. Many women are told that their baby needs to be monitored, and yet the research shows that this doesn’t confer the benefits that people think it will. Much of the work shared on this page challenges the mainstream viewpoint. But there are, as always, plenty more papers and perspectives out there. But I hope that you will find this to be a good jumping-off point, especially if you’re interested in the work of those who are questioning the use of this technology.
Let’s start with a few examples of articles which have questioned the use of fetal monitoring in the medical and midwifery literature over the past few years:
We have highlighted a number of papers written by Tom Sartwelle and Jim Johnson, sometimes in collaboration with other colleagues.
And here’s an article that I wrote, highlighting another important part of this debate. I look at work which shows that fetal monitoring is not only ineffective, but that it brings more even hazards than have traditionally been considered.
I’ve also written about intermittent auscultation and the use of pinards:
Here’s hoping that this helps you in your work!
And if you’d like to chat about this kind of thing and/or learn more about how to read and understand research for yourself, come and join me on one of my online courses!