The need for a new outlook on labor monitoring

Dan Farine*, Michael Shenhav, Ofer Barnea, Ariel Jaffa, Harold E. Fox

*Corresponding author for this work

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Fetal heart rate monitors, including the newer pulse-oximetry and STAN monitors, are designed to detect fetal distress that affects less than 1% of women in labor. Non-progressive labor is a much more common disorder than fetal distress, with approximately 50% of women in labor requiring oxytocin. Current technology assessing labor progress is subjective and inaccurate. There is a need for objective and accurate technology to measure labor progress and the effect it may have on managing labor and, specifically, non-progressive labor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-164
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2006


  • Cervicometry
  • Labor
  • Labor monitoring
  • Labor progress


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