Experiences with intrapartum fetal monitoring in the Netherlands: A survey study

Vera Habraken (Corresponding author), Merel J.M. Spanjers, Daisy A.A. van der Woude, S. Guid Oei, Judith O.E.H. van Laar

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INTRODUCTION: Worldwide, cardiotocography is used for continuous monitoring of fetal heart rate (FHR) and uterine contractions during labour. Different methods for FHR registration and registration of contractions are available. Literature about the frequency of use of different fetal monitoring methods is lacking.

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the use of and preferences for fetal monitoring methods for intrapartum fetal monitoring among Dutch obstetric care providers.

STUDY DESIGN: Between October and November 2020 the Dutch Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology sent an email invitation to all secondary care midwives and gynaecologists (in training) in the Netherlands to complete an online survey regarding the use and personal experience with fetal monitoring methods. The survey mainly consisted of multiple choice questions. Descriptive statistics are reported. Continuous variables were presented as median with interquartile ranges (IQR). Categorical variables were expressed as numbers with percentages.

RESULTS: The response rate was 29 % (n/N = 510/1748). All Dutch hospitals were represented. The respondents estimated the use of fetal scalp electrode (FSE) at 71 % (IQR 58-85 %) of deliveries. The most common indication for use of the FSE was inadequate external FHR registration (94 %). More than half (54 %) of the respondents reported to use intrauterine pressure catheter with an estimated use of 5 % (IQR 2-8 %) of deliveries. The most common indication for use of intrauterine pressure catheter was inadequate external contraction registration (75 %). The use of ST-analysis was reported in 25 % of the respondents with an estimated use of 60 % (IQR 30-72 %) of deliveries. Almost all respondents (99 %) reported to use fetal blood sampling with an estimated use of 15 % (IQR 10-23 %) of deliveries. Ninety percent of respondents would prefer a valid and reliable external monitoring technique during labour. Thirty-one percent of respondents assume that external fetal monitoring with non-invasive fetal electrocardiography and electrohysterography will become standard care within the next 5 years.

CONCLUSIONS: Currently, the FSE is the most used technique for FHR monitoring during labour in the Netherlands. The most common indication for use of FSE is inadequate external FHR registration. Obstetric care providers would prefer a non-invasive external registration method that provides reliable data.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)159-165
Aantal pagina's7
TijdschriftEuropean Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
StatusGepubliceerd - 1 nov. 2022

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