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By: Jill Meier, RN, BSN
If you had a baby in a hospital within the last 25 years, most likely you had a fetal monitor applied at some point in your labor. Electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) has become rooted in the practice of obstetrics in the United States over the last generation or so, becoming the most common obstetric procedure in the U.S. In 1980, 45% of laboring women had EFM, and by 2002, CDC reported that it was used 85.4% of the time, impacting 3.2 million live births....
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