Continuous Electronic Fetal Monitoring
What is electronic fetal monitoring (EFM)?
How can continuous EFM affect my pelvic floor?
What are other ways to monitor the baby's heart rate in labor?
When is continuous EFM generally recommended?
midline episiotomy, increases chances of a serious tear into or through the anal muscle. Anal muscle tears can lead to leaking gas — and more rarely, feces — or a sense of urgency about elimination (bowel incontinence) and increase likelihood of pain during sexual intercourse.
In addition to increasing risk for assisted vaginal birth, continuous EFM also increases risk for cesarean section. You may wish to speak with your doctor or midwife and nursing staff where you will be giving birth, in advance and again during labor, about monitoring the baby intermittently whenever possible.
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