Doctor: How fetal monitoring and cesarean rates are related

02/15/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

About one-third of pregnant women have a first cesarean delivery based on results from fetal monitoring during labor, Dr. Alison Cahill of Washington University in St. Louis told a meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. A small number of women reached the point at which cesarean delivery is recommended by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Studies are needed to define indeterminate patterns that should be treated as normal, Cahill said.

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