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#41: Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring Unraveled: Breaking Down the Evidence - with Dr. Kristen Small

On this episode of the Mindful Womb Podcast, we are joined by Dr.Kristen Small, an obstetrically trained researcher and educator. Kristen shares the research and evidence on the use of central fetal heart rate monitoring in labor.

In this episode, we dive into the following:

  • What is cartography (CTG) for fetal heart rate monitoring during labor?

  • Does CTG help improve fetal outcomes?

  • Is CTG monitoring better for high-risk pregnancies?

  • Do professional guidelines align with the most recent evidence?

  • Does CTG increase the chances of intervention during labor?

Listen to the episode now:

Are you pregnant and navigating the maze of prenatal care decisions? One crucial aspect is fetal heart rate monitoring, a cornerstone of labor and delivery management. But before you get tangled in the web of medical jargon and conflicting advice, let's unravel the complexities together.

Joining us is Dr. Kristen Small, a beacon of clarity in the world of maternal health. With her extensive background as an obstetrician and founder of Birth Small Talk, Dr. Small is dedicated to demystifying childbirth and empowering families with evidence-based knowledge. Kristen’s research has focused on the use of continuous fetal monitoring and the evidence behind its use. 

Deciphering the Data: Understanding Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring

Fetal heart rate monitoring tracks the baby’s heart rate during labor. But what does it all mean? Dr. Small breaks down the evidence, shedding light on the nuances of continuous electronic fetal monitoring (CTG) and intermittent auscultation. From accelerations to decelerations, learn how to interpret the signals and advocate for your preferences.

Dispelling Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction

In the realm of childbirth, myths abound, and fetal monitoring is no exception. Dr. Small debunks common misconceptions. Discover the truth behind fetal heartrate monitoring. Armed with accurate information, you can navigate your birthing journey with confidence.

Empowering Choices: Navigating the Landscape with Knowledge

Empowerment begins with education. Dr. Small equips you with tools to make informed choices aligned with your values and preferences. Whether it's advocating for physiological pushing methods or understanding hospital policies, you have the right to be an active participant in your birthing experience. Together, let's navigate the landscape of fetal heart rate monitoring with clarity and confidence.

As you embark on this transformative journey, remember that knowledge is your compass. With Dr. Small as your guide, you can navigate the complexities of fetal heart rate monitoring with clarity and confidence. Trust your instincts, stay informed, and embrace the journey ahead with open arms.


Are you ready to unravel the evidence of fetal heart rate monitoring? Let's embark on this journey together, armed with knowledge and empowered to make informed decisions.


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