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Fetal Oxygen Monitoring Doesn't Detect Fetal Distress or Predict Need for C-Section Feal Oxygen Monitoring Doesn't Predict Need for C-section or Detect Fetal Health

Fetal Oxygen Monitoring Doesn't Detect Fetal Distress or Predict Need for C-Section Feal Oxygen Monitoring Doesn't Predict Need for C-section or Detect Fetal Health
Posted 2006-11-24 12:57:46
A new test that measures how much oxygen is circulating in fetal blood just before birth has no effect on whether delivery is done by Caesarean section or not, in a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
 
 
In addition, fetal blood oxygen doesn't appear to reflect the health of the newborn -- suggesting there's no real reason to use the test.
 
 
"We found absolutely no difference in Caesarean sections," said Dr. Steven Bloom, lead author of a study appearing in the Nov. 23 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. "Given the available evidence -- and I believe we are the most definitive study -- there is no apparent benefit of this technology, which is not to say there won't be possibilities in the future."
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