Use of technology in childbirth:The role of the midwifepast, present and future

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All midwives use some form of technology to support their practice.The majority of women expect and accept the use of technology in allaspects of their antenatal, intranatal and postnatal care.Many pregnant women today have grown up in a high tech world whereFacebook, Twitter, texting and instant access to the Internet are part ofroutine life.Childbirth technology used appropriately benefits mothers andmidwives. The midwife is the conduit betweenwomen and technology. Midwives need to be competent insupporting birth with and withouttechnology.Occularcentrism is one of the mainreasons why women and midwives willcontinue to value the visible, audibleand retrievable data that comes fromthe CTG machine.High technology such as the CTG andultrasound provide professional andlegal evidence. Technology can harm, lead to a falsesense of security and it can lead to death; therefore the midwife’s role indevice safety is paramount. Once the natural cycle of birth hasbeen broken and we have induced or accelerated labour, all surveillance,monitoring, therapeutic and diagnostic technologies necessary to protect themother and her unborn baby need to be employed without fear by the midwife
LanguageEnglish
Pages34-37
JournalPractising Midwife
Volume17
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2011

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Midwifery
Parturition
Technology
Text Messaging
Postnatal Care
Prenatal Care
Internet
Fear
Pregnant Women
Mothers
Safety

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  • birth technology
  • role of the midwife

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