Fetal Monitoring: Birth without Violence

February 13, 2019

Fetal monitoring reassures me that I can embrace the concepts in Frédérick Leboyer’s 1976 textbook Birth Without Violence as often as possible.

Hi Dr. Jim for Be Healthy! Be Happy! concluding the segments on fetal monitoring.

Just to remind you, I’ve been delivering babies for over 35 years and still love it – I celebrate the birth every time. It’s simply sa joy to be a part of that ever so special life experience.

During the fetal monitoring segments, I’ve made the case for utilizing technology to direct care, determine the need for intervention and do some or all of the maneuvers I have discussed.

I confess it’s importance and my reliance on it. That said, I also use it to ensure everything is going just fine, and that I can embrace Frédérick Leboyer’s 1976 textbook Birth Without Violence.  

My sister gave me this marvelous little manuscript when I graduated from medical school and it reminds me, to remind you, to discuss your birth plans with your doctor or your midwife before you’re admitted to the hospital during the prenatal visits. It reminds me, to remind you, to talk with them again during the labor and delivery and to discuss with your OB nurse your plans for a birth without violence – lights down low, soft words, gently encouraged pushing, baby delivered on your abdomen skin to skin, delay in clamping the cord, gentle warming, music to your liking overhead and loved ones around you for the celebration.

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