Monday, January 10, 2005

New Pregnancy and Labor Diagnostic Tools

Remember, I’m for LESS intervention in labor, not more.

That said, a fetal EKG in the works sounds like a promising labor development to me. It could help identify true fetal distress (instead of monitors that are picking up maternal heart rates), and it’s an external monitor, instead of one that screws its probe into the fetus’s scalp.

Also, last week JAMA published an article that indicates preeclampsia screening by means of a simple urine test could identify women at risk for the condition months before clinical symptoms occur.


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