What you need to know about: Electronic Foetal Monitoring (CTG)

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A woman has intermittent monitoring during labour in the birth pool. Photography by Claire Wilson, from the 42 weeks Pinterest gallery.

Electronic Foetal Monitoring

Electronic foetal monitoring is a commonly used practice in Irish maternity units.

Electronic foetal monitoring (EFM or CTG) measures your baby’s heartbeat in frequency and strength and measures your contractions. Continue reading

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Induction of Labour – Is It Right For You?

When making decisions on maternity care options, a woman is faced with a plethora of possibilities. From the time a woman discovers she is pregnant, the choices can sometimes feel like more of a burden than an opportunity, as it can take serious time and effort to study all the risks and benefits to every option in maternity care. Research shows that women who are informed and confident about their birth choices tend to have fewer interventions and fewer complications compared to women who have done little to no preparation for their birth. At 42 weeks, we are trying to take the effort out of the task of researching and to present concise and thorough guides to some of the more frequently asked questions about common maternity care options in pregnancy, labour and childbirth. Today, 42 weeks looks at: Induction. Continue reading